science of nodding off

Exposure to blue light from phones and computer screens ‘makes it harder to fall asleep’

Exposure to blue light from phones and computer screens ‘makes it harder to fall asleep’

Researchers say exposure to blue light could increase the risk of damage to eyesight and make it harder to fall asleep.

Work an arm’s length from the screen

Fully extend your arm and work from a distance – looking from your eyes to the end of your fingertips.

Use this as a minimum distance to reduce the stress on your eyeballs. 

20/20/20 

Simply put, every 20 minutes, look away from the screen for a minimum of 20 seconds at least 20 feet away.

This will help to reset your visual systems and eye through any long periods of screen work.

Screen height

Height and level of your working screen can have a big impact on eye strain and posture.

Research has shown that it is better for the screen to be located higher than the users’ watching level – the middle point should be 5-6 inches below the straight line of the users’ vision.

This makes the space between upper and lower eyelid more open, often resulting in dryness of the eyes.

Consider your device

Usually the biggest, newest phone is best, but not for your eyes. An iPhone X is 20 per cent brighter than an iPhone 6 and emits higher levels of blue light.

This is the difference of a 100 per cent increase in harmful blue light exposure!

Put a post-it note on your screen titled ‘BLINK’.

Normally, in a minute, we blink up to 20 times. This is controlled automatically by our central nervous systems so we’re not conscious of blinking.

While on screens, this is actually reduced to 3-5 times a minute meaning our tear films cannot be maintained and the eye does not remain lubricated.

A post-it-note on your monitor saying ‘Blink’ should help you consciously make an effort to blink. It’s simple but definitely works.

Advice

Buying a new bed or mattress is one of the most important purchases you can make and ensuring you pick the right one to suit your individual needs is incredibly important. There are so many different types of mattress, places to buy them from and varieties is feels and components, it can feel like a complete minefield!

Here at M6 Beds our aim to guide you through this minefield, showing you beds which best suit your needs, your required level of comfort and pressure relief required to get that restful night sleep. We’ve compiled a list of ‘common mistakes’ to avoid when mattress shopping to ensure you choose your perfect bed.

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The science of nodding off

The science of nodding off

When you go to bed, do you struggle to get off to sleep while your partner just seems to just drop off as soon as they hit the pillow? The time it takes people to get to sleep can vary a lot and one university is studying the connection between sleep health and the length of time it takes to drop off. The results probably won’t come as a surprise…

The healthy sleep project run by professor Jason Ellis at Northumbria University analysed the effects of delays in getting off to sleep and found that people who took a long time to fall asleep had poor overall sleep health compared to those who took only a short length of time.

The study analysed individuals aged between 18 and 65 to come up with the recommended time. The optimum time to nod off to sleep was found to be between 10 and 15 minutes. More or less time than this indicates either sleep deprivation if someone goes to sleep almost immediately and poor sleep health if the person takes longer.

While simply going to bed earlier and sleeping for between and eight hours should solve the problem of sleep deprivation, poor general sleep health can sometimes be cured by taking time to improve sleep by living a healthier lifestyle.

Also investing in a better bed and mattress can make a huge difference if lack of comfort is causing the issue.

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