Complimentary Amber Goggles
Blue Light and melatonin suppression
It has been established that short-wavelength or “blue” light is the most melatonin-suppressive. Blue light is the type of light typically emitted by devices such as televisions, computer screens, and cellphones. Along with blue light emitted from electronic devices, research has shown that being exposed to normal levels of room lighting can have similar negative effects on melatonin.
What is Melatonin?
Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body and is part of the human sleep-wake cycle and has also been found in numerous studies as one of the most effective anti-cancer treatments in existence. Despite its success in clinical trials and in doctors’ experiences with their
patients, it has not been widely prescribed in conventional medicine, though its effects have proven to be superior to those of many chemotherapeutic drugs. However bright light directly inhibits the release of melatonin.
How do you reduce Blue light?
There are a few possible solutions for reducing your exposure to blue light at night. One that is commonly used in the ancestral health community is a program called “f.lux”, a program that makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. This program can be installed on computers, iPads, and iPhones, and may have a significant effect on your melatonin secretion when using these devices at night.
You can also use amber-lensed goggles once the sun has gone down. These blue-blocking lenses are highly effective in reducing the effects of blue light exposure, and in most cases completely eliminate the short-wavelength radiation necessary for nocturnal melatonin suppression. These goggles have been shown to improve sleep quality as well as mood, simply by blocking blue light and
simulating physiologic darkness.
The reason we recommend using these goggles is because normal room light alone is enough to suppress melatonin at night, and unless you’re shutting off all the lights in your house when the sun sets, you’re still at risk for disrupting your melatonin-driven circadian rhythms. Many studies show that patients swear by these goggles, and if you can get over the “dorkiness” factor, you may find they make a big difference in your sleep quality, and perhaps even your general health and wellbeing.
Alternative Blue Light Coatings
Alternatively there is now a coating that can be put onto prescription spectacle lenses that will cut out “Blue Light” emissions through the lens.
If you suffer from interrupted sleep patterns we would like you to trial wearing amber goggles - which will have the same effect as a Blue Light coating for prescription lenses – to see if there is an improvement in your sleep pattern.