That feeling when your phone screen is burning your eyes and melting your brain
If you experience headaches, eye strain, or insomnia, it could be because of the blue light that comes from your phone and computer screens. Too much exposure to blue light, especially at night, can trick your brain into thinking it’s daytime, which can keep you up at night.
Don’t worry! This may sound like a blue light nightmare (lightmare?), but we do have some quick and easy adjustments you can make to minimize your exposure.
Take a break
Every 20 minutes stop looking at your screen and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds (think 20-20-20). If you think you’ll forget, set a reminder on your phone.
Change your settings
Many devices have a display setting that will shift the colors on your screen to warmer tones, removing the blue light.
- If you have an iPhone or Mac, you can turn on Night Shift in Settings > Display & Brightness. Keep it on all the time or set a daily schedule.
- For Samsung phones, open Settings > Display, and turn on blue light filter.
- For HTC phones, turn on Night Mode in Settings > Display & gestures.
- Android users can also download the Twilight app (don’t worry, it’s not about vampires) to customize their blue light settings.
- If you have Windows 10, there’s a feature in your settings called Night Light that helps reduce blue light exposure. Turn on Night Light in Settings > System > Display.
- If you use Chrome, you can install the Dark Reader plugin. It switches any website you look at from blinding bright white, to a darker color scheme, perfect for late-night browsing.
Use protective glasses
There are glasses that will filter blue light before it hits your eyes. For most of these brands, you can purchase glasses with or without a prescription Here are four different companies we recommend checking out:
Breathe a sigh of relief, put your headache medicine back in the cabinet, and maybe you can finally have a good night’s sleep.