The Blue Blockers 🕶️Edition [Mollie's Monday Obsessions v.93]
Artificial light after sunset can really mess with your sleep. Before Thomas Edison, we were unable to extend our days, barring fire, candles, and lanterns.
“We live in a world where artificial lighting is everywhere. You can easily walk into a drugstore or supermarket where the overhead lighting is at an intensity that messes up your brain’s circadian clock—light 1000 lux or higher.” – Max Lugavere, author of Genius Foods
💡Artificial light after sunset can really mess with your sleep. Before Thomas Edison, we were unable to extend our days, barring fire, candles, and lanterns. This change has proved to be quite disastrous for our sleep and, by extension, our physical and mental health. Being exposed to light at the wrong times is listed as a carcinogen by the WHO. Artificial light at night impacts our body’s ability to produce melatonin and, effectively, throws off your circadian rhythm, setting you up for cancer risk (among other things!).
Question: What do we do to combat artificial light’s adverse effects on our sleep in a world that refuses to dim its nighttime wattage? Answer: Look like a weirdo and wear blue blockers! 👇
Blue blockers spotted in the wild in Thailand last year.
BLUE BLOCKERS 101 [*In the 21st Century] 💪Resource: Eco-friendly Blue Blockers, Siiz Health Blue BlockersThis company is new, and I appreciate how they are on a mission to thoroughly educate the public on the substantial role that light plays on our health & sleep. I will be hosting an IG Live with them next Friday, May 29th at 3:30pm PT / 6:30 EST to learn more about the difference between daytime and nighttime lens. Please send any questions that you might have my way! *Spoiler Alert: Clear lenses are NOT helping you with blue light, unfortunately. The link above gets you a hookup.
🏋️Resource: Blue Blockers, Blublox, head on over to the “Sleep+” section of this website for their red lens. Use ‘sleepisaskill’ for 15% off.
📰Resource: Keto Newsletter, Dr. Anthony Gustin, The Feed I really enjoy this newsletter, and naturally, I particularly appreciate his focus on sleep. ***Also, if you have any wellness-focused newsletters that you love, please send them my way!
👴Resource: Podcast Episode, The Joe Rogan Experience, Joe Rogan & Rhonda Patrick The big focus in this one? The urging to get in your vitamin D: “In Indonesia almost all patients that died from COVID-19 were vitamin D deficient” As most of you should know on this newsletter, vitamin D (from the sun!) is critical for getting great sleep!
💤Resource: PDF, Timeshifter, Circadian rhythms and immune function I had the pleasure of interviewing the creator of this game-changing app a few weeks ago (we literally use this on every flight that requires a timezone shift!). Particularly relevant to this week’s conversation is this callout: Blue spectrum light: Some companies produce lights that are specifically designed to enhance alertness in the day and promote sleep at night by manipulating a specific portion of the blue spectrum. Not all are the same, however; look out for products which emit white light enriched in the 480nm wavelength in the day, and deplete 480nm for evening use.
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