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Post: #11
RE: The real Blue Blocker
(08-03-2015 09:44 AM)sptrout Wrote:  
(08-02-2015 09:26 PM)GrammaBear Wrote:  
(08-02-2015 07:45 PM)sptrout Wrote:  If you are referring to the blue blocking glasses in the article that I posted a link to, then yes you wear them for a couple hours before bedtime. They are just plastic that are large enough to wear over prescription glasses. Nothing fancy at all. I am not sure what you are referring to about downloading anything. It is just a link to an article. The glasses mentioned are from Amazon.com.

It is weird to watch TV, for example, with all the blue light blocked, but you can get use to it. They will not "put you out" like a sleeping pill, but just help your body know that it is dark, when it is not, to help start the process of getting to sleep with the natural production of melatonin. Just a simple thing to try to see if it helps.

I'm sorry, I was referring the the f.lux download suggestion. Just thinking out loud and not explaining myself very well I'm afraid.

Interesting idea. I do have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Might just try this.

The f. Lux program is a small program that is effective if you are using your computer in the evening before bedtime, or while in bed. It removes the blue light spectrum from the computer's display and it does look a little odd. It is easy to setup and it is automatic thereafter. Since it is free, and easily removed if you don't like it, it is worth a try IMO.

How long did you use it before you began to notice any improvements in your sleep patterns if any? I can't speak for anyone but myself, but if I get even a little improvement - I would be very pleased.
08-03-2015 10:09 AM
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Post: #12
RE: The real Blue Blocker
(08-03-2015 10:09 AM)GrammaBear Wrote:  
(08-03-2015 09:44 AM)sptrout Wrote:  
(08-02-2015 09:26 PM)GrammaBear Wrote:  I'm sorry, I was referring the the f.lux download suggestion. Just thinking out loud and not explaining myself very well I'm afraid.

Interesting idea. I do have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Might just try this.

The f. Lux program is a small program that is effective if you are using your computer in the evening before bedtime, or while in bed. It removes the blue light spectrum from the computer's display and it does look a little odd. It is easy to setup and it is automatic thereafter. Since it is free, and easily removed if you don't like it, it is worth a try IMO.

How long did you use it before you began to notice any improvements in your sleep patterns if any? I can't speak for anyone but myself, but if I get even a little improvement - I would be very pleased.

I do not use the computer that has f.lux on it, but my wife does. I do not think she noticed any difference, but we have a 60" TV on at the same time, which kind of defeats the purpose of f. Lux. However, she never falls asleep until well after I do (I get up early). As for the glasses. I have not used them since I started CPAP 4/2 of this year. The main reason I stopped was by the time I got totally ready for bed and with my CPAP nasal pillow mask on, I would have to take off the glasses for a few minutes, therefore was exposing myself to full bathroom light. This light, right before bedtime, kinds of defeats of the whole purpose of tricking your brain into thinking it is (and has been) dark. Now that I am completely used to the CPAP process, I should start using the glasses again. Before my CPAP nights began, I had and used the glasses for several weeks. I did think that they helped to make me a little more drowsy than without them. However, now I am falling asleep within about 30 minutes anyway, so it would be difficult to tell a difference. My main problem now is waking up about 2 hours early for some reason, which is cutting my sleep hours to about 6. Can't win....

At least both of these methods are either free in one case, and cheap in the other, so not much to lose. Just do not expect to feel like you just took a heavy duty sleeping pill, just a minor improvement. But, sometimes the little things all add-up!.

Below is a good article written by Dr. Mercola on 33 things that a person can do to help with sleep issues. You may find some interesting pointers in this article. One thing mentioned is a cold room. This in most cases is difficult to do in the summer, but then a "ChiliPad" may help. (Second link.) We have one and it is a big help in controlling the temperature of the bed either cold or hot, or any place in between. (BTW - I have no financial connection with them.)

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articl...sleep.aspx

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