#7pmSwitchOff – How does Blue Light Affect Sleep?

#7pmSwitchOff – How does Blue Light Affect Sleep?


Light is the most powerful cue for shifting the phase or resetting the time of the circadian clock. In an evening, the blue light that emits from devices (including TVs) suppresses the natural production of melatonin – the hormone you need to feel sleepy – and plays havoc with your body’s circadian rhythms making it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.” – The Sleep Council

If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I have a social media free day every week (#SwitchOffSundays since summer 2017). I find this incredibly beneficial though for the rest of the week I notice it can be all too easy to slip into the habit of scrolling late in the evenings when I should either be winding down for bed (or already asleep) A great sleep workshop in August with with Tamu from Live Three Sixty and Greg Fearon reaffirmed what I already knew deep down – that I needed to take some steps to improve my sleep routine.

Compared to four/five years ago I definitely see and feel that I cannot take sleep for granted. And even on those days where I think I’ve had a great night’s sleep I can wake up still feeling tired. After keeping a journal to track this I saw that this always happened when I had been on my phone close to bedtime. With this in mind I’ve decided to start switching off from social media at 7pm each day.

If this resonates with you too then why not join me for #7pmSwitchOff.

Do You Struggle to Sleep? Try This

Do You Struggle to Sleep? Try This

Paula’s Yoga Nidra for Sleep – Audio Download available here

Do you struggle to get to sleep? Listen to this 12-minute Yoga Nidra practice I have recorded to help you drift off to sleep more easily.  This is best listened to in bed as this nidra does not wake you up at the end so allows you to remain asleep after the practice is complete.

You can find my Yoga Nidra for Sleep here.

Yoga Nidra is also known as ‘yogic sleep’.  This powerful practice is known to bring about total physical, emotional and mental relaxation. Just a few of the reported benefits include reduced stress, improved sleep and a greater sense of wellbeing but Yoga Nidra can also be used as a means to help heal emotional and physiological wounds.

Find more about Yoga Nidra and its benefits via my article, ‘Yoga Nidra – Dreaming of Yogic Sleep’ here.