Sleep Deprivation Healed With Amber-Tinted Glasses. Really?

Do you suffer from sleep deprivation? Tried just about every recommendation, but still not getting enough ZZZ’s? And, are you someone who is tech obsessed with smartphones and tablets?


Then the solution you’re looking for, might just be to wear amber-tinted glasses. The glasses block the blue-wavelength light emitted from many hi-tech devices. That light suppresses the brain’s production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep and wake cycles.


Researchers found that adults diagnosed with insomnia got about 30 minutes more sleep when wearing wrap-around amber-tinted lenses starting two hours before bedtime.


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Sleep Deprivation: How Extensive Is It?

Insomnia symptoms such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, frequent awakening or disturbed sleep affects many people. Indeed, as many as one-third to one-half of adults are sleep deprived. In addition, an estimated 90 percent of Americans use light-emitting electronic devices, such as tablets, smartphones and computers, one hour before bedtime.


In the study, 14 adults with chronic insomnia wore wrap-around, amber-tinted glasses or clear placebo glasses for two hours before bedtime. Their sleep cycles were measured over seven consecutive nights. Four weeks later, they repeated the process with the other set of glasses.


The group wearing the amber-tinted glasses got a half-hour more sleep on nights after wearing the amber lenses. They also reported having a better quality of sleep and reduction of insomnia symptoms.


The results show that avoiding exposure to light from light-emitting devices before sleep improves sleep quality and reduces insomnia symptoms. 
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that a follow up study be done with a larger number of patients, over a longer period of time.


Thus far, these findings are very encouraging. Reducing the effects of blue-light by wearing the amber-tinted glasses is a reasonable and inexpensive solution.

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