The Light 💡Edition

Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve become pretty obsessed with the topic of circadian rhythm optimization as a method to pretty much become superhuman.

The Light 💡Edition

Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve become pretty obsessed with the topic of circadian rhythm optimization as a method to pretty much become superhuman. And what governs these mysterious clocks that run within every cell in our body more than ANYTHING ELSE???

LIGHT!! 🌞

This weekend I was sick and basically in bed for about 48 hours straight. When I wasn’t nauseous, I went down a familiar rabbit hole on this topic of light. Here’s an example of its importance in hospitals for boosting recovery times/odds. Or, if we’re being vain, check out the power of light to make you UGLY. Jokes aside, the main takeaway is:

Your light environment should be considered the FIRST step on the path towards improving our physical, mental, and emotional health.

Below are a few of the things that I am doing with regards to light:

Just downloaded this brand new Chrome extension, Dark Reader: I got this one from Kevin Kelly, Mark Frauenfelder, and Claudia Dawson’s very cool newsletter, Recomendo. The extension is trippy but really helps relax the eyes.

Regularly utilizing this nifty RED color filter on my iPhone:this move is a must. The article walks you through how you can literally activate this color filter with a triple click on the side of your phone. Magic!

Installed IrisTech (Pro): This thing blows f.lux (alternative software to protect your eyes) away! I am completely in love with it. You could get a free version, but why?? It’s $14 bucks - for life(!) - to get the pro version which comes with all kinds of bells and whistles that really make a noticeable difference in your eyes. Here’s an example of what it looked like on my computer earlier today (definitely awkward at first, but you quickly adjust and soon the default lighting seems completely blinding!):

Implementing the 20/20/20 Method: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. Very helpful for giving your eyes a quick break from the digital drain. Below is the timed break that Iris gives you (included in Iris Tech Pro, but you can also just do it yourself...although who remembers that??)

I made a chart to lay out the daily light exposure timeline that I am experimenting with going into the new year:

Here is what my current writing situation looks like 😄(certainly puts you to sleep, right??):