Have you heard about blue light glasses? (They’re really blue light blockers.) Do you wear them? Do you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about?
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Let’s break it down together: whether you’re male or female, young or old, lean or fluffy, hormones run the show in your body. Even more than calories, hormones determine if we’re burning fat or storing it. They influence if we sleep, how deeply we sleep and how we feel when we wake. Hormones influence mood, focus, energy, hunger, cravings and so much more! (For more on this, you can download my free hormones & fat loss guide here.)
What in the world do hormones have to do with blue light glasses? We’re getting there. Hang with me. While you might be familiar with the impact of stress and food on your hormones, there is something that is having a significant impact on our hormones is often overlooked:
Your computer, cell phone, tablet and television emit a particular type of light – blue light – that supresses melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates your sleep cycles. It influences how easily you fall asleep, your ability to get into the deeper, restorative stages of sleep and how you feel when you wake up.
Do you ever feel wired but tired? Exhausted, but unable to fall asleep?
Do you feel like no matter how much sleep you get, you never feel rested?
I’m telling you: get some blue light glasses.
Research shows blue light from our computers, phones, and TVs can cause insomnia, migraines, and reduced productivity.
Plus, this blue light really impacts cortisol, one our primary stress hormones. You can dive into the impact of blue light on stress & sleep with episode 016 of the Primal Potential podcast.
Here’s the thing though – I’ve had blue light blocking glasses for a couple years now and I was rarely wearing them. Though they’re easy to find on Amazon, most of them are flimsy, not well made and super ugly (yellow & orange tints, looking more like something you should wear when you’re operating heavy machinery). I wasn’t wearing them because they were ugly.
Fortunately, someone solved that problem. Last month, I met Natalie Rogers, founder of Klassy Network, and it turns out she noticed the same thing but she did something about it.
My Favorite Blue Light Glasses
Yes, people are spending more time than ever in front of their electronic devices. Their eyes are tired. They are tired. Sleep struggles are more prevalent than ever. Eye strain is rampant. And: blue light glasses are flimsy and ugly.
So, she created an alternative and I fell in love with it. I bought my first pair and the day they arrived, I loved them so much I bought a second pair. I wear them all day long. If I’m on my computer, looking at my phone or watching TV, I’m wearing my glasses.
When I told her that I emphasized the importance of blocking this blue light for the sake of hormone optimization, sleep, energy and recovery, she gave me a coupon code – “primal” – so you can save 10% on these glasses!
Since I’ve been wearing them, I’ve noticed a few things:
- Glasses are my fave accessory (had to throw that in there! They are SO cute!)
- I have far less eye strain
- I’m falling asleep more quickly at night (this is major for me)
- I’m more focused when I’m working at my computer
I’ll leave you with this: I’m quite a minimalist. I don’t like gadgets and I’m pretty religious about only buying things I need. I’m not the girl who impulsively buys the latest and greatest stuff.
These glasses are worth it. Hormones run the show. They determine how we feel and they’re an interconnected network. If you’re influencing melatonin by constantly exposing yourself to blue light, you’re also influencing cortisol. When you’re influencing cortisol, you’re also influencing insulin. The ripple effect is significant.
Coming from a minimalist, I highly recommend these glasses (use the coupon code “primal” if you snag some) if you’re someone who spends your day looking at your phone, computer or tablet (or if you’re someone who likes to unwind with television at night).
Spoiler to my family: these will be birthday gifts coming your way for the foreseeable future!!
Big thanks to Natalie and everyone at Klassy Network for seeing a problem and solving it brilliantly!