Using computers at night can wreck your sleep. That’s why I want to tell you about a free app that fixes that.
Computer screens (smartphones and tablets too) emit a blue light that blocks the production of melatonin — a brain chemical that makes us feel sleepy at night. This messes up people’s natural sleep cycle which can mess up their work.
Sleep-loss causes accidents
Bill Clinton admitted, “Every important mistake I’ve made in my life, I’ve made because I was too tired.”
Arianna Huffington collapsed from exhaustion and cracked her head open on her desk after staying up late with her Blackberry for several nights.
It dumbs people down
My teenage son will tell you it’s no fun getting a physics test back that you wrote on only three hours sleep.
It makes people anti-social
Like the guy who sleeps next to his iPhone…always available…even on vacation. But some mornings he’s slumped over his laptop, too tired to talk to the people he works with.
F.lux adjusts your screen so you sleep better
F.lux is a free app that automatically adjusts the blue light on your screen to support the body’s natural circadian rhythm. So your brain can produce the melatonin you need to get to sleep (even if you’re staring at a screen before bed).
“We know that night-time exposure to blue light keeps people up late. We believe that f.lux adjusts colours in a way that greatly reduces the stimulating effects of blue light at night.” – https://justgetflux.com/research.html
Research and testimonials show that f.lux works
I’m installing F.lux. I’m recommending it to my staff. And I’m recommending it to you.
It’s worth it if it helps you do a better job, prevents an accident or helps your kid get a good night’s sleep. Once you get it installed, it adjusts your screen automatically and you can forget about it.
- F-lux is available for free for Mac, Windows, Linux.
- It’s available for iPhone and iPad too but sadly not through the App store.
- They’re working on the Android version.
Just wanted to tell you about it in case it helps you too! Let me know if you have any tips for getting a better night’s sleep.