The Best Software for Mimicking Natural Light and Reducing Blue Light on Your Computer, Phone, and iPad Screens

The blue, unnatural light from our screens is one of the biggest issues we face when it comes to getting a quality night’s sleep and having a positive productive day. 

Are we doomed?

Luckily not! 

Today, we’re looking into the effects of bluelight on your health, we’ll see what the research says, give you a modern-day free plug in that you can use on all your screens that mimics natural light and we’ll finish up with the  3 big impacts using can have on your health and  productivity.

Digital screens emit blue light, which, while crucial for daytime alertness, wreaks havoc on your sleep cycle when present in the evening. 

A study published in Chronobiology International, titled “Chronobiological Disruption of Teenagers’ Sleep by Nighttime Electronic Media Use,” found that exposure to blue light before bed suppressed melatonin production, the hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles. This leads to difficulty falling asleep, restless sleep, and daytime fatigue.

F.lux is a software plugin that allows you to set your screen preferences and then automatically changes your screen’s color temperature based on the time of day. 

As the day goes on the software gradually transitions your screen’s color temperature to warmer tones as the sun sets. This mimics the natural evening light shift, reducing blue light exposure and  easing you into a more restful sleep.

Several studies, including one published in Behavioural Brain Research titled “Blue-light blocking glasses for improving sleep, mood, and cognitive function,” showed that reducing blue light exposure like Flux does had positive effects on sleep, concentration and productivity in subjects in the study.

Besides improving sleep, using Flux can have 3 other benefits:

  1. Reduced Eye Strain: Warmer screen tones are  easier on your eyes, mitigating discomfort and headaches.
  2. Enhanced Focus: By mimicking natural light rhythms, f.lux can  improve your ability to concentrate and stay focused, especially in the evening.

  3. GeneralImproved Well-being: Better sleep and reduced eye strain can contribute to overall well-being, ultimately leading to increased productivity.

F.lux is free and available for Windows and Apple devices. Find it at F.Lux 

Experiment with different settings and warmth levels it offers to find your optimal settings to ease yourself into a restful nights sleep and a productive next day.

Your move.

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