I’ve gotten into the bad habit of watching YouTube videos and reading blogs on my laptop before I go to sleep. I’ve been trying to switch back to reading a book instead, because being on my laptop keeps me wide awake, and it takes much longer to fall asleep.
Apparently, this is caused by “blue light” which is emitted from our laptop screens (as well as tablets, and smartphones). The blue light prevents our bodies from releasing melatonin, the chemical which helps to make us sleepy. That’s why I toss and turn in bed for so long if I’ve been on my laptop right before bedtime.
Luckily for me, my little brother is a genius who is always looking out for me, and he told me about F.Lux.
F.lux is an app that adjusts the lighting on your screen to the time of day. So at night, it dims the blue light, which keeps so many of us awake!
“f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you’re in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.
Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. f.lux will do the rest, automatically.”
Pretty neat, huh?
You can download it here.
And read a review from Tekrevue here.