Sleep disorders have increased dramatically in recent years. One of the culprits is thought to be the amount of blue light in our modern environment…
SleepSpec – a pair of spectacles with amber lenses provides a solution to the problem.
Blue light blockers help you get to sleep naturally
Blue light suppresses the production of melatonin – commonly called the ‘sleep hormone’ which is responsible for controlling one’s sleep-wake cycle.
Digital devices including LED televisions, cellphones and tablets all produce blue light, as does modern lighting from LED lights and compact fluorescent lamps. In fact, fluorescent lights produce about 25% more blue light and LEDs, about 35% more than older, traditional incandescent lights.
Ideally one should avoid blue light for at least two hours before going to bed. This, however, would be virtually impossible in our modern lives. It would mean switching off all blue light emitting devices including televisions, cellphones, computers and tablets.
SleepSpec’s amber lenses absorb the specific band of blue light between (460 to 480 nm) which suppresses melatonin production, while allowing you to carry on with all normal activity whether it be working, watching television or reading e-books.
Messing with nature
Sunlight contains blue light, therefore as the sun rises in the morning, melatonin production is suppressed, causing our bodies to wake up. At night as the sun sets and light fades, and there is less, or no blue light, melatonin prepares the body to move into sleep mode.
Nowadays, however, artificial light from lamps and particularly from electronic devices, means that the brain struggles to distinguish the change from day to night. In the presence of all this blue light, melatonin production is suppressed and as a result we are unable to transition into sleep mode.
Long term health risks
The dangers of too little sleep include an increased risk of cancer, impaired immune system function, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. There is also a connection between poor sleep patterns and mental illnesses such as depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Sleeping tablets are also not an ideal solution either as long-term use of sleep medication is believed to increase your risk of certain dementias by up to 58%.
Sleep better, perform better
Sleep also influences athletic performance as it helps the body repair itself. If an athlete is not getting enough sleep, then they will not be able to perform at their peak.
SleepSpec has supplied various top sports teams around the world including the Emirates Lions, Stormers Rugby Team, Cheetahs Rugby Team, UK premier football team AFC Bournemouth, SA Rugby and SA Netball.
SleepSpec has also worked with the Northern Ireland Commonwealth team and the BMW GS Trophy Team.
For more information or to purchase SleepSpec go to www.sleepspec.com. SleepSpec products are also available from Vencasa (Tempur Beds) Stores countrywide.
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