It has nothing to do with cholesterol or even your triglyceride levels, giving up your favourite foods or slaving away on a treadmill. It sounds like the plot of a late night science-fiction movie! The smart phones and many others gadgets we use every day are slowly, secretly tacking and infecting sucking the life out of us every night. Each time you text a friend, look at a photo of the family, friends, events or hit like on media, your life gets just a tiny bit shorter. But this isn't the best part of a movie. It could be happening to everyone right now as a stunning scientifically proven evidence that exposes the real true toll of the blue light led screens. They could be ageing you from the inside. And too much exposure to the light from those screens could literally cut your life shorter.
This specific form of light ages the cells. Your smart phone, favourite tablet computer, and any 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, scientific evidence reveals a far more frightening toll. It could hit the fast forward button on ageing, sending you to an early grave. just the 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 neurones in the brain. More evidence seen on fruit flies, that led to the kind of impaired behaviour that typically comes with age. This was on bugs, of course. But there are two very real ways this could apply to every human as well:
- The 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.
- 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, and TV away. But I'm not going to say that! We love our gadgets (and I'm guilty of overusing them myself too). 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, we could do all of those things and more maybe never even touch a smart phone 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. and don't forget regular exercise 3-5 times a week minimum 30 minutes a day and a healthy diet low sugar and avoid process food.