I Wore Blue Light Glasses for a Month and Here’s What Happened

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You’ve probably seen them. All those ads for blue light blocking glasses; advertisers telling you you’re looking at a screen too many hours a day.

I saw the ads, too. For months.

And I ignored them.

Here’s the truth - I’ve wanted glasses since elementary school but I’ve been cursed with perfect vision (insert non-sympathetic eye roll here), so I’ve never had a good enough excuse to buy them.

Finally, at the nudging of a few friends at work, I was talked into ordering a pair. At least they weren’t straight vanity glasses and they’d actually serve a purpose. Two birds, one stone.

Increasing sleep quality and decreasing headaches weren’t even on my mind when I ordered them.

I’d heard that the blue light emitted from the screens we stare at for hours a day feed our brains too much of a chemical that yells, “STAY AWAKE,” but I had no idea how much it was actually affecting me.

I feel like I should say that I will make a total of exactly ZERO dollars by sharing this information with you. Amazon doesn’t care about my blog. I just have to share because it made such a drastic difference beginning with the first night I wore them.

You can purchase your own pair of blue light blocking glasses at THIS LINK. And surprise - you get two pairs!


Also, be sure to check out the bottom of this post where you can find a link to order the t-shirt I recently designed! T-shirts and sweaters can be purchased until September 14th!


SLEEP QUALITY

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First thing’s first: My sleep quality increased from averaging around 50-60% to 91% the first week of wearing them. YES. 30% increase in sleep quality. What?!?!?

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Some people choose to only wear blue light glasses when they’re looking at a screen, but I choose to wear them all day long because I don’t like how glasses rub foundation off of my face. So, I’m not sure how much that has impacted my sleep quality and if it’d be the same or different if I didn’t wear them all day.

The reason my most recent data points go up/down is because there have been a few days I’ve either chosen not to wear the glasses or I forgot to put them on. Also, I noticed right away that on the days I chose not to wear the glasses, it was pretty much guaranteed that my sleep graph was going to average around 60%.

 

As you can see in these images, my sleep quality hovered around 60% between May-July. June and July’s calendars are not complete because I was sleeping so poorly that I didn’t even bother to track on the app most nights. As you can see in the August calendar, I began wearing the glasses on Aug. 6th and it is super evident which days I did/didn’t wear my blue light glasses.


 

The sleep app I use, Sleep Cycle, has some other (fun!) graphs that I thought I’d share on this post. #nerdalert. I’ve been using the app off and on for almost 9 years now, so I have some pretty strong data to bring to my doctor if we ever needed to look at trends in my sleep quality.

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While the blue light glasses have had a HUGE impact on my sleep quality, it should also be said that it’s obviously not the only reason I’ve seen an increase lately.

A few other factors that have helped me sleep better and wake up feeling GREAT:

  • Getting in bed on time (9pm)

  • Reading before bed - an actual book; NOT on a screen

  • No screens 30 mins. before bed

  • Going to bed around the same time each night

  • Being in bed for at least 8 hours/night

All of these things definitely help, but as someone who’s struggled with intermittent insomnia, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen one change make more of an impact on my sleep than these cheap, little glasses. If you struggle with this too, it’s worth a shot!


DID YOU hear that I recently
DESIGNED A T-SHIRT?

Click HERE to purchase a long sleeve t-shirt!

Click HERE to purchase a short sleeve t-shirt or crew neck sweater!

Purchasing open through September 14th!


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I’m so glad you’re here, friend. I’m not sure how you found this post, but I continue to be amazed by the internets. It brings us together in such beautiful ways and reminds us that we’re more alike than different. More united than divided. Whether you spend a minute or an hour on this page, know that Jesus loves you like crazy. Like CRAZY. I’d love to hear how I can pray for you. Would you let me know here?

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