Fit After 45

Fitness expert, media personality, personal trainer, writer, life coach, and overall health enthusiast says, “Sleep is the Swiss Army Knife of health habits. It positively impacts literally all aspects of your physical and mental health. Sleep rebalances your hormones, helps the body and brain recover, assists weight loss, improves one’s ability to say no to sugar and yes to exercise, and supports the immune system. Unfortunately, getting quality sleep is easier said than done! Falling—not to mention staying—asleep can be a challenge. Quality slumber is not guaranteed, even when you can make your head hit the pillow at a reasonable hour. I understand the desire to spend money to fix the problem – to buy “miracle” products. We all want a quick fix. We all want to skip the hard work of establishing an overall healthy lifestyle. The problem is that you can’t buy or wish your way to perfect sleep.”

She continues, “Supplements, blue light glasses, and other sleep aids are not a panacea. You can’t drink coffee until all hours, consume sugary foods and alcohol, sit all day and ignore your mental health and expect to sleep like a baby just because you drink sleepy time tea or wear expensive glasses. Can blue light blocking glasses be part of a productive sleep routine? Yes, absolutely! They work by blocking blue light, the light that disturbs your body’s ability to produce the hormone melatonin, thus wearing them nudges the body towards a more balanced sleep/wake cycle.

“Blue light glasses are not necessary – people have been getting quality sleep for eons without technology – but you are free to frame the glasses as one potential part of a well-developed sleep routine. The glasses can be particularly useful if you do shift work, travel often and/or are going through something that has disrupted your usual sleep flow.

“Many factors nudge your body and brain to be able to turn off at night including when you go to bed and when you wake-up: the temperature in your room, what you eat, how much sugar you consume, how much and when you drink your coffee, your state of mind, the amount of alcohol you drink, your physical activity, and the light your body gets. Blue light might hinder your ability to sleep, but sunshine (especially in the morning) will help. Get yourself up at a decent time and go outside or open a window. Sunshine in the morning drastically impacts the hormones that impact sleep.”

For those that cannot follow a good sleep routine, such as emergency workers, new parents, etc., blue light glasses can help. READ FULL ARTICLE!