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How the Blue Light in Your Smart Devices are Aiding Insomnia

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Have you ever heard of blue light? I have but I never really looked into it, until my professor mentioned it one day in class. I've been wanting to tell you guys about this for the longest, but I was having a hard time deciding on how to explain blue light without overdoing it. So, let's keep it simple! Blue light is basically everywhere. The sunlight is the main source that exposes us to it when we go outside and the other sources for indoors are man made lights(LED, tablets, phones, etc). Like most things too much of anything can be harmful. Well, the same goes for blue light because too much exposure can damage your eyes. As I mentioned blue light is everywhere, including your electronic devices. 


Have you ever wondered why you're having a hard time going to bed on time at night? Your phone or tablet may be the reason! Exposure to blue light during the day is great, because it helps regulate a healthy circadian rhythm. But, it can throw it off when you're using your device at night. The blue light in your device is essentially tricking your brain and making you think you're still looking at daylight. That's why you may go to bed later than expected, and wake up super tired. So, here are a few tips to help solve this problem:


1.) Reduce time spent on your electronic device at night.

Or

2.) If you have to use it at night, then turn on your blue light filter. I'll provide instructions below for both Android and Apple users.


Android:

You can visit Samsung's website for these instructions as well: 

- Open the Settings app and select Display 

- Toggle the switch next to the Blue Light filter option or select the text area for more options 

- To enable the automatic sunset to sunrise schedule, you will need to allow a location permission


Apple:

You can visit Apple's website for these instructions as well:

-Go to Settings and select Display & Brightness

-Select Night Shift. On the same screen, you can schedule a time for Night Shift to turn on automatically and adjust color temperature.

Fun Fact: Blue light therapy is commonly used for acne or depression. Also, follow @themodesttech for more electronic tips!

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Kamaron is currently studying to become a certified Electronics Technician. She’s a wife and mom, with a goal to build her own tech repair company. As she embarks on her journey she prays that she will encourage more women, esp mother's that it is possible to join the tech industry, live in their purpose, and still play a vital role in their family's life.