It sounds like the plot of a late-night sci-fi movie. The phones and other gadgets we use every day are slowly and secretly sucking the life out of us every night.
Each time you text a friend, look at a photo of the grandkids, or hit “like” on Facebook, your life gets just a tiny bit shorter.
But this ISN’T the plot of a movie.
It could be happening to you RIGHT NOW as a stunning new study exposes the TRUE toll of the blue light LED screens.
They could be aging you from the inside.
And too much exposure to the light from those screens could literally cut your life SHORT.
THIS specific form of light AGES your cells
Your cellphone, favorite tablet computer, and other gadgets with LED screens may not “look” blue. But they use blue wavelengths to form all those bright and brilliant colors you see.
We’ve seen before how too much blue light can disrupt sleep.
But now, a lab experiment reveals a far more frightening toll. It could hit the fast forward button on AGING, sending you to an early grave.
Researchers at Oregon State University found that exposure to 12 hours of blue light (the same kind that’s given off by those LED screens) damaged both retinal cells in the eyes and neurons in the brain.
In experiments on fruit flies, that led to the kind of impaired behavior that typically comes with age.
Now, this was a study on bugs, of course. But there are two very real ways this could apply to US as well.
First, blue light screws with your circadian rhythm so you don’t get proper sleep. It’s harder to fall asleep. And it’s harder to get the deep restorative sleep your body requires to sweep out toxins and carry out repairs.
In other words, this vital sleep state is precisely when your body is fighting off the toll of aging. But you could be MISSING OUT on it because of that LED screen.
And second, the reason it’s harder to sleep is your brain registers that blue light wavelength as daylight. And that means it doesn’t pump out sleep-inducing melatonin on schedule.
But the “sleep hormone” does more than help you to sleep. It’s ALSO a powerful age-fighting hormone.
Switch off the life-sapping effect of blue light
Now you’re probably thinking this is about to turn into an anti-tech lecture. And I’m going to urge you to get off your phone and put your tablet away.
But I’m NOT going to say that.
Heck, I love my own gadgets (and I’m guilty of overusing them myself).
While we could all probably look up from the screen a little more, there are ways to keep your phones and other gadgets without facing these life-sapping risks.
- Limit your hours: Don’t use your devices right before bed, and definitely, don’t bring them into bed.
- Night mode: When you do use them in the evening, see if your phone, computer, or e-reader has a “night mode” that dims the blue light. Most do.
- Computer glasses: Certain types of lenses can filter out blue light, and they’re available in a prescription form, too.
Of course, you could do all of those things and more… maybe never even touch a cellphone at all… and, STILL, fall short on essential melatonin. And that means you won’t get the restorative sleep it provides.
As we age, our bodies produce less of this critical hormone. So if you’re not sleeping well, no matter what you do, consider trying a melatonin supplement. Look for a spray form since it gets to work quickly.