As we’ve mentioned before, taking a look at your phone in the dark of night is a terrible idea.
Mobile phone screens emit brilliant blue light so you can see them even at the sunniest times of day.
However during the night, your brain gets confused by that light, as it imitates the brightness of the sun. This triggers the brain to stop producing melatonin, a hormone that gives your body the "time to sleep" hints. This is why mobile phone light can disrupt your sleep cycle, making it harder to fall and remain asleep-- and potentially triggering serious health issue along the way.
If you are an iPhone user who can't utilize f.lux, you have not been able to tone down the levels of blue light coming out of your phone. Now, since the release of the iOS 9.3 upgrade, you now have that option. It makes it possible for a new mode called Night Shift that you can set starting at whatever you pick time in the night. When Night Shift starts, your phone automatically changes the display so that it produces warmer, less blue light.
Here's how blue light during the night affects your brain:
But while the reasons to avoid blue light at night seem clear, do we know that shifting the color tone from your phone really helps?
There’s only a limited amount of research on how changing the tone of your screen might help sleep, though more is still needed. But anecdotally, I can state that it's an enjoyable change and makes my eyes feel a little less stressed out. Tech Expert's Dave Smith wrote that "Night Shift is one of my favorite recent additions to the iPhone."
Still, don't consider this the answer to all phone-related sleep issues.
A sleep researcher who pointed out that light is just among the things that affect our sleep. When we use our phones it can promote stimulation of our minds and keep us awake, particularly if we are scrolling through social networks, checking out news, or searching the web.
You understand that stress and anxiety you feel when an e-mail, text snapchat etc appears right when you are trying to clam your mind? Altering the color of the light will not assist with that.
Night Shift is a great upgrade and a pleasant change. However keeping your phone away from your bed-- or at least getting in the habit of using "Airplane mode" in addition to Night Shift-- may still be an excellent plan.
Below is a list of previous generation Apple products that support Night Shift Mode:
Here's how to activate it:
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