In a world where technology is increasingly becoming a part of everyday life, switching off isn't always as simple as hitting the 'off' button.
Whether we're at work, relaxing at home or kicking back with friends - we're spending increasing amounts of time in front of our televisions, computers, tablets and phones. And, it's believed that this could be one of the causes for 83% of us complaining of restless nights and eye strain.
These electrical devices all emit blue light. Blue light is itself a natural phenomenon - present in daylight - and helps us to stay awake. However this increased exposure throughout the day, and now more often into the night, can cause eye strain, eye fatigue and sleeplessness as it decreases the production of the sleep inducing hormone melatonin.
Working with leading lens manufacturers Hoya, we are now offering a new lens coating which neutralises the blue light entering the eye. This can be used in conjunction with all other lens coatings, including scratch resistant and anti-reflective.
Since the effects of blue light are becoming more widely understood, we've already seen a high increase in those opting to have the new lens coating. For those who spend a large amount of their day in front of a screen, this simple solution should lead to people having a better night's sleep.
Here are some tips that can help reduce the effect of blue light even further:
Switch off before bed
Turn off blue light emitting devices at least an hour before you go to sleep. That means no reading the news on your mobile phone in bed!
Use dim red lights for night lights
Red light is the least likely to have an impact on your body clock.
Create a TV free zone
Having a television in your bedroom makes it much more tempting to watch something before bed. Make your bedroom a TV free zone and chances are you’ll get a much higher quality sleep.
Cut down on artificial light
With so much external lighting, like street lights and security lights, it’s not easy to cut down on the amount of outside light coming into your bedroom. Invest in some blackout blinds or curtains so that you can have an undisturbed snooze.
Get more natural light during the day
Make the most of the natural daytime light by getting up and out bright and early, and try and get outside at lunchtime too.