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What You Need to Know Before Buying Your Child A Smart Device

During the holidays, smart devices are pushed by retailers as the hottest technology gifts for everyone in the family. This usually includes children, who are now growing up in an age of technology that is targeting younger and younger consumers. Before you commit to buying your child a tablet or smartphone, there are some things to consider on if you should purchase these, or how you can limit their use. What’s the harm? While technology can help advance our children [...continue reading]

What is 455 NM?

Blue light is all around us. It can be found in both natural sunlight and artificial sources such as tablets, computers, Smartphones and television sets. It can be divided into two categories, which are blue-violet light and blue-turquoise light. What’s the difference? Blue-Violet light operates at a wavelength of between 415nm and 455nm and can be very harmful. Blue-turquoise light operates on a wavelength of between 465nm and 500nm and is necessary to our vision and eye health. What makes [...continue reading]

Why Kids Need Sleep

Many parents know that a good night’s sleep can cut down the frequency of colds and possible emotional meltdowns, but did you know that there are a plethora of other reasons your kids need more sleep NOW? Promotes Growth - Growth hormones are primarily secreted when children sleep, which is why babies are programmed to enter into deep sleep more than 50% of the time. Studies show that children with deficient growth hormone levels, sleep less than those with average [...continue reading]

Blue Light Exposed

Blue light is complicated, as it is both good and bad for us. Whether you’re stepping outside and bathing in sunlight or you’re turning on a light indoors, both of these activities involve contact with blue light. Sunlight alone contains yellow, orange, red, green and blue light, including many in-between shades of these colors. There are two different types of wavelengths: Long Wavelengths - Contain less energy Short Wavelengths - Contain more energy Colors on the red end of the [...continue reading]

The Latest News on Blue Light and its Effect on Sleep

Light is a type of medicine. Take light therapy, for example, which can help people that suffer from seasonal depression. Proper light exposure can help boost sleep, performance and increase energy levels. However, because today’s world is full of electronic devices, being too lit-up has a downside, which can negatively affect your overall health and sleep. Our bodies are designed to wake when there is light out, and go to sleep when it gets dark out, which is the way [...continue reading]

Poor Sleep Associated with Risky Teen Behavior

Teens are among the most impressionable and require a solid eight to 10 hours of sleep per night for optimal health. However, recent studies highlight alarming trends where more than 70-percent of high students do not get the necessary sleep they require to operate at peak performance. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital analyzed the sleeping data of risk-taking behaviors and how they correlate to sleep duration. The data, compiled over an eight-year period, found a link between risk-taking actions [...continue reading]

The Importance of Sleep

Sleep plays an essential role in the body’s health and overall well-being. In fact, getting enough sleep can help protect people’s mental health, quality of life, physical health and safety. While adults sleep, the body works to maintain physical health and brain function. In children and teens, sleep supports development and growth. When someone suffers from a sleep deficiency, it increases their risks for chronic health problems, as well as impacting how well the body can work, think, react, learn [...continue reading]

Researches Determine that Blue Light Discourages Sleep

Studies have shown for a while that blue light from electronic devices disrupts the body’s natural circadian rhythm and cause sleep disorders and problems. Researchers from the University of Manchester in England have been studying the spectrum of blue light to determine what specific shade impacts the sleep cycle. The most recent study determines that cyan blue light, which falls between a green and blue hue, decreases the production of melatonin, the hormone involved in sleep. Cyan is also used [...continue reading]

Report Finds Americans Spend Half Their Days Interacting with Media

The Nielsen Total Audience Report conducted a survey and found that American adults spend more than 11 hours a day either watching, listening to, reading or interacting with media. There are many reasons why more people are camping out on media sites. There are many new platforms, and the upcoming younger generation leverages several different social media sites, compared to older generations that focus primarily on one media site, such as TV. The ability to pause Live TV and record [...continue reading]

New Study Shows that Blue Light Can Cause Blindness

A new study conducted by the University of Toledo in Ohio shows that blue-tinted screens of electronic devices, such as cell phones, may contribute to vision loss and precipitate macular degeneration. The study, which was recently published in the journal “Scientific Reports” highlights that prolonged exposure to harmful blue light rays may cause a type of toxic chemical reaction, which occurs in the retinal molecules and can ultimately kill photoreceptor cells. Researchers from the study recommend that people avoid using [...continue reading]

The Impact of Devices on Adult Sleep Deprivation

Tossing and turning and find yourself tired on a regular basis? Scientists and doctors recognize a link to electronic devices and insomnia. Screen time causes cognitive stimulation, which results in sleep deprivation. Smartphones and artificial light also increase your brain’s electrical activity, causing neurons to race and divert you from the achieving the peaceful state of mind necessary for a good night's sleep. Additionally, the act of responding to text messages, reading emails or browsing through social media sites at [...continue reading]

How to Improve Sleep Quality

If you’re one of the 80 million Americans that suffer from some form of insomnia, you likely wake up feeling restless, tired and exhausted. Often, electronic devices are to blame for poor sleep habits and schedules. Scientists have unearthed a link to electronic devices emitting blue light and sleeplessness. If you suffer from poor quality sleep, here are five tips to help improve your sleep quality and help you fall to sleep sooner. Exercising - Do you workout before bedtime? [...continue reading]

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