Update: Blue Light Special
by Steve Mitchell
Hey Steve, you may be asking, whatever happened with those blue light blocking glasses you got? Do they work? Do you sleep better? What’s the scoop, Steve? What’s the deal? Huh? What’s the deal, Steve? Come on! What the hell gives?
Were you asking that?
I’ll tell you, anyhow.
You might recall I bought some Swannick, blue-light-filtering glasses to wear in the evenings, until bedtime, as an aid to better sleep. The blue light from TVs and computers and phones tricks the body into thinking there’s still sunlight and prevents the body from commencing with its various sleep hormones and doze humors and what-have-yous.
Do the glasses work?
Yeah, I think they do, enough that I continue to use them. I don’t wear them on the my weekends and my tendency to drink the red wine close to bedtime doesn’t help the science. But, the glasses have definitely, if subtly, improved the character of my sleep.
Here’s some of what I’ve noticed:
It took a few days of wearing them to readjust my body clock. The first few days I’d wake up after four or five hours feeling like I’d had a long, afternoon nap (I’d fall back asleep, though.) After a couple of weeks, I resumed mostly sleeping through the night.
Right away I noticed I was mentally ready for bed a little earlier than I’d usually been (not that I necessarily go to bed much earlier)
On the evenings I wear the glasses, when I hit the pillow, I drool more, my eyelids feel heavier and easier to keep closed, and I fall asleep faster. If I do wake up in the night, I fall back asleep easier (again with the heavy eyelids.)
I sometimes forget and look over the top of the glasses like I do with my readers. I’m rewarded with a startling, bright, blue flash of unfiltered light when I do.
Along those lines, I wish the glasses blocked more side light. When I sit to the side of a bright light source, I’m aware of the unfiltered light in my periphery.
Too early is still too early and getting up isn’t really any easier. How I feel when I wake up depends more on what time I’ve gone to bed and how much of a sleep deficit I’ve accrued.
So. There you go.
I like the blue filter glasses. They’re not a miracle cure-all for our sleep-deprived times, and I can’t say whether they’ve improved my overall health. But I like how I feel and sleep after I’ve worn the glasses an hour or so before bed.
I think they help.