If you spend time on a computer/laptop/iPad before you go to bed, I highly recommend downloading F.Lux. I came across it about a month ago and I can’t imagine ever having to look at my computer screen without it again. I basically fall asleep on my laptop every night (I know, terrible), so this is a life changer for me. F.Lux is free software that adjusts the lighting of your computer screen according to the hour of the day. It works with the colour temperature of the screen allowing your body to produce melatonin so when you’re finished on your device you’re actually able to fall asleep. The bright screens of our devices (smartphones included) replicate daylight, inhibiting the body from producing melatonin (sleep hormone) and making it harder to fall asleep at night. The producers of F.Lux have provided a full scientific explanation with good resources on their website.
When you first try it out, it will look a little strange. It took me a day or two to get used to it but I haven’t noticed it at all since then. Honestly, looking at a screen without F.Lux at night now burns my eyes. It’s one of those things you have to experience to fully understand. The software is easy to use. Once you download the app all you need to do is enter your time zone so the program can sync with your sunrise/sunset and the rest is history. A history full of better sleep that is. You won’t notice any difference during the day and as dusk approaches you will notice a very gradual change in the colour of your screen to a warmer, softer, easier on the eyes lighting. If you need to do any colour-specific work on the computer you can temporarily turn the app off until you’re finished.
Do you use F.Lux already? Let me know what you think if you give it a try.
This software is only available for computers and iPads (hopefully they will have a mobile version soon).
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