Growing up TV wasn’t a huge part of my life. Growing up in the 1990’s we were allowed to watch a couple of shows of an evening on our big back box TVs and that was it. During the day we played outside on our bikes, chased each other about and played sports. Blue light glasses weren’t readily available back then, yet we slept alright.
The technology in the old big back TVs was such that not huge amounts of ultra-bright blue light were emitted. Less blue light means better sleep and less digital eyestrain. This couple with the copious amounts of time I spent outside meant my circadian rhythm was pretty darn good. It meant my hormones were balanced and my sleep was okay.
In 1998 I turned 14. 1998 was a special year for me, I got my first phone and also a TV in my bedroom. I felt like such a baller, an adult, it was amazing! 1998 was also the year my health started to change. I started spending less time outside, instead opting to spend more time engaging with my new roommates, TV and phone! My sleep deteriorated in 1998, I remember it vividly. It was slow at first, waking up at random times, then struggling to get back to sleep and eventually needing to get up every few hours. My energy levels dipped in the day, sport suffered and cognition declined. Maybe it was hormonal, granted I was going through puberty, but later on in life I would come to realise it wasn’t much to do with puberty at all.
Freshly graduated from Exeter University I got a job straight away, working for a recruitment firm. I moved into my first rental flat later than year and the first two things I bought, TVs! One for the living room and one for my room. TVs were different now, they were HD, flat screen and gave out a much brighter image. Low and behold my sleep got worse, my weight went up 3 stone over the next few years, yet I wasn’t eating that badly! The creation of LED lights that shone brighter than before made TVs far more of a nuisance to sleep.
Fed up of getting poor quality sleep I decided to take matters into my own hands and research light and its impact on sleep. Inventing BLUblox Sleep+ glasses changed my sleep forever and for the best. Should you wear blue light glasses when watching TV? It’s a must. Blue light from modern day TVs is turning off sleep hormones in your body and telling your brain its daytime. Over time this can lead to sleep related conditions and health issues. Blocking blue light from your TV is the first step in regaining better sleep and health. A lot of people believe blue light is only present in smart phones. This is not true, blue light is everywhere that has an LED component, think car headlights, TV, fridge, router, alarms, street lamps, computers, the list is endless.
When you ask the question, should I wear blue light glasses when watching TV, you should ask yourself can I see the colour blue on this TV screen. The answer will be yes. This blue light will disrupt your sleep so wearing blue light glasses when watching TV is essential for better sleep.
What types of blue light glasses to wear whilst watching TV?
In the evening we must block 100% of blue light and most green light between 400nm and 550nm. The only way to accomplish this is using BLUblox Sleep+ glasses. These are an amber lens which will allow for sleep hormones to be released and you to sleep better. Clear lenses won’t be enough for watching the TV in the evening as they do not block blue light, they filter it down a little.
During the day we need some blue light to function properly, therefore we only need to filter down some blue light between 400nm to 495nm. Clear lenses like BluLite glasses or yellow lenses like SummerGlo glasses should be your go to.
Should you wear blue light glasses when the watching TV in the daytime? Absolutely, there is way too much high intensity blue light present so you need to filter it down to protect against digital eyestrain and headaches.
Watch will the TV screen look like?
In the evening, wearing amber lenses will change certain colours on the TV. Blue colours will appear black or green and greens will appear a lighter green colour. The rest of the colours will stay the same. During the day the clear lenses, such as BluLite glasses won’t change the colours much at all. Having some colours changed in the evening is well worth it as you will protecting your health, hormones and sleep from the dangers of blue light from your TV.
So, should you wear blue light glasses when watching the TV? The answer is a definite yes from me!