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How Light Interferes With Your Sleep and What To Do About It

The average American spends more than 8 hours a day in front of a screen. By contrast, it’s recommended that the average adult spends seven hours a day sleeping and the CDC has found that one in three don’t even get that much sleep.

This means you’ll probably spend more time today staring at a screen than you will sleeping. But all of that screen time has an unintended consequence — it exposes us to blue light, which is proven to suppress melatonin, making it more difficult to fall asleep, and stay asleep.

With the flu on everyone’s mind, you’ll be horrified to learn a lack of sleep can affect your immune system. During sleep, your body produces cytokines, which help fight infection. Less sleep means fewer cytokines, leaving you more susceptible to getting sick. Sleep deprivation impacts your physical health. It is harmful to your heart health, with researchers discovering it can disrupt processes like glucose metabolism and blood pressure.

A lack of sleep can impact every part of your life — including making it harder for you to concentrate. A recent study found that shorter, poorer quality sleep led to more “cognitive interference,” meaning wandering or distracted thoughts.

Even though we know sleep is so important, 90 percent of people still look at their phones before bed. The exposure to blue light suppresses melatonin, changing the bodies circadian rhythm, causing a poor night of sleep and creating the ripple effect of mental and physical health issues. We get that sometimes it can’t be avoided, so the next best thing is to protect yourself.

Products like EyeJust are the perfect solution. EyeJust is an easy-to-use screen protector for your devices that cuts blue light at its source. It’s protection for your eyes — and sleep — all day long, from your first email to your last episode. Don’t lose sleep over blue light.

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