In the evening the way you view light could effectively be flying your mind and body to a different time zone, throwing your sleep and energy levels all out-of-whack!

Viewing heaps of bright artificial light 2-3 hours before bedtime confuses your 24-hour master body clock (i.e., circadian rhythm), and upsets your sleep quality and duration by suppressing the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.

Sleep is critical for the learning and development of young people and research has suggested they are way more sensitive to evening bright light, with one study showing melatonin suppression of 23% and 38% after only 1 and 2 hours of device time.  

But let’s be real – for some people the evening is your chance to get stuff done, so let’s look at some things you can do to minimise the downside.

Just as viewing light in the morning is good for anchoring your body clock to the current season, viewing the sunset is another cue to get everything in sync.
Turn on your device Night-Mode and make it as warm/orange as possible.
Minimise the brightness of any screen you’re looking at.
Use the dimmers if you have them – if you don’t have dimmers, then they are fairly cheap to install.
Turn off overhead lights and use soft floor lamps.
If overhead lights need to be on, then they should be behind you.
Candle/fire light does not have the same impact as artificial light, so turn off the lights and turn on the romance.
If you wake up in the middle of the night absolutely don’t look at your phone, as this is when your mind is the most sensitive to light.
If you’re really wired and can’t switch-off, then you could use this basic breathwork technique to calm your mind and body.

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