Now there’s a way to continue your late-night Twitter-bingeing without hindering your ability to enjoy a good night’s sleep afterwards (you know, as long as you don’t stay up all night going down the rabbit hole of YouTube conspiracy-theory videos and obsessing over your career crush’s timelines). Oh joy!
Many studies have shown that a good nocturnal routine requires you to put down your phone shortly before bedtime if you want high-quality sleep. But help is at hand: new research from the University of Houston’s College of Optometry suggests there’s a way to stay connected until the second your head hits the pillow. Researchers asked participants to enjoy their usual ‘digital routine’ before bed, but while wearing ~special glasses~ that block out the blue light — a colour on the light spectrum that boosts alertness and regulates your circadian rhythm – emitted from smartphones and other digital screens. After two weeks, the study found that participants wearing the glasses fell asleep faster, reported a better-quality night of sleep, and slept longer than normal.
The study also found that the levels of melatonin – the hormone that’s released when our bodies are getting geared up to go to sleep – got a 58% boost when the blue light-blocking glasses were worn. That’s a bigger boost than what’d you get with over-the-counter melatonin supplements, according to Science Alert.
While overseas it may be possible to purchase blue light-blocking glasses in a number of styles – like this fabulous safety Google-like number:
Alternately, iPhones, Mac, Microsoft Windows and Android devices all offer features that mimic blue light-blocking glasses by dimming and softening the screen’s light. So have no fear, late-night Insta-stalkers! You can once again skulk the Web for pictures of your ex’s new squeeze – just remember, blue light-blocking glasses won’t stop you from accidentally liking that 58-week-old picture… So proceed with caution.
Originally published on Cosmopolitan.com