Did you know that the blue light from your iPad or iPhone or TV makes your brain think it’s daylightand that you should stay awake but you should. After all, who sleeps in the daytime?
What you need, according to Dr. Oz (guru of the TV airwaves), is an orange light. Yup. Orange. Put one in your bedside lamp, stare at it for a half hour before you shut your eyes, and your brain will believe it is sunset. You will fall right to sleep, guaranteed.
Hmmmmm. I sleep with my iPad! Maybe that’s my problem. I like to listen to stories as I fall asleep and there are a few radio channels I’ve found or programs like “This American Life” from PRI that are amusing and help me as I doze off. But I did not realize that the blue light syndrome – watching TV or playing a game of Hearts on my iPad before my head hits the pillow, tricks my brain into staying awake rather than snoozing.
Of course, more often that not I am listening to some political station late at night. I find the current Republican party’s trek towards self-destruction to be fascinating. Love to listen to those blowhards go on and on about how fabu they are…. and of course, that just causes my brain to kick into gear, and it keeps me awake, thinking about politics.
I’ve got to change my channels. And of course, buy an orange bulb. Anyone have some left over Halloween lights I can borrow?