So what is the big deal about Night Shift anyway? Well, it sure makes hacking your sleep a lot easier. The blue tone light that comes from screens such as your Computer, Tv Screen, Phone, Kindle ext., research has shown that blue light keeps you awake because it suppresses the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps your body fall asleep. Sadly, that means that the screens not only provide you with things to do that keep you awake, but they actually stop you getting to sleep when you want to on a biological level. So being able to use Night Shift allows you to turn your screen amber so that there is no sleep disrupting blue light.
This video shows you quickly and easily how to set up Night Shift on your iPhone.
And now it’s time for a pro-tip for easily turning on Night Shift
So for your iPhone and your iPad you now have Night Shift to take the blue out of your screens. The good news is that if you must work late on your computer you can dim your screen using a program such as f.lux to get rid of that blue light. If you want to eliminate all the blue light from your evenings you can wear amber-tinted glasses – they’ve been shown to improve not only sleep quality but also mood.
If you are looking for additional hacks to get a better nights sleep you can try adding in a small amount of food such as a tablespoon of raw honey (not in tea because then it’s no longer raw, and changes the composition of the honey), or adding some more carbs to your dinner. Additionally supplementation can help, specifically adding Magnesium to your evening supplements. The most bioavailable Magnesium is in the citrate or nitrate form. I use this one.
Finally if you really want to get your sleep dialed in then tracking your sleep is key. I discovered the Beddit sleep tracker at the Bulletproof BioHacking conference 2015. I had a chance to dive into the science behind their sensors and their software, it was great to see how much thought has gone into this piece of technology. If you are looking to just start with sleep tracking the Sleep Cycle app is a great free option to begin to look into sleep tracking. If you start sleep tracking and are seeing that you aren’t getting good deep sleep or if your partner complains that you snore terribly or that you stop breathing in the night look into if sleep apnea or TMJ could be an issue. You can find out more about Sleep Apnea and TMJ from Dr. Bryan Baker’s website, he is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist who specializes in sleep apnea and TMJ. Often the issue can be greatly improved with a simple appliance you wear at night, which is what I do, and it has made a huge difference.
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