I know what it’s like to not sleep well. One of the worst symptoms I had when I was really struggling with my health back in 2014 was chronic insomnia. I think there were a lot of underlying reasons why I had it, but for months I could only sleep 5-6 hours a night. It pains me to even remember how frustrating and debilitating that was, and that’s one reason why I put sleep at the top of my priority list.
At that time, I was also having some depression, so a light box that could address both my circadian rhythm issue and help perk me up in the morning seemed like a good idea. The version I got is made to combat seasonal affective disorder. It runs about $135 from Amazon.com and also acts as a desk lamp on a lower setting:
I love this thing! Ironically, I don’t use it much from August – January when we usually get bright sunny days here on California’s coast, but I do use it regularly (20-30 mins in the morning) when we get overcast days here, especially right now during “June Gloom.”
I have two hacks that I use at night, the first being these uber-glamourous amber tinted sunglasses that block blue light coming from the tv and artificial lighting:
The pair on the left is extra-large and fits over my regular glasses I wear for near-sightedness, and the pair on the right is smaller and not made to fit over glasses. They each run around $10. I highly recommend them for watching tv at night since blue light has been shown to reduce the natural rise in melatonin that should occur after sundown.
My last tip is one that you can do right now that won’t cost you anything! If you have an iPhone, you can use the new “Night Shift” setting to automatically reduce the blue light from sunset to sunrise. Just go to General Settings, “Display & Brightness” as I’ve shown here:
Now, you can safely use your iPhone after dark without impacting your melatonin. While you’re at it, you should follow me on social media, ha: @carrieonliving: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Do you have sleep problems? What has worked or not worked for you?
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