Sleep is essential. Maybe you thought differently when you were 5 years old - or even 25 years old—but the more we find out about sleep, the higher of a priority it becomes for us.
With about one in three American adults getting less than the recommended minimum seven hours of sleep (according to the Centers for Disease Control), the risks associated with poor sleep area like a bad dream.
Symptoms like indecisiveness, controlling emotions and having slower reactions times* make getting through a typical day more difficult than it needs to be. While improving sleep hygiene can improve brain function and learning, physical health and safety.*
The good news is there are simple ways to improve sleep.
A few do-able tips to try tonight include**:
Avoiding late afternoon caffeine fixes.
Keeping your bedroom dark, quiet and a comfortable temperature.
Removing electronic devices that can be distracting and emit blue light, which has been shown to disrupt sleep. Learn more about blue light's effect on sleep by watching our video below.
Why Amber Light is Better than White Light for Sleep
Mr Beams CTO Mike Recker talks about the relationship between our amber night lights and sleep
Speaking of light, we're big believers in sleep-friendly light. Things like smartphones, TVs and traditional white night lights emit blue light, which tricks the body into thinking it's daylight, which then delays the production of melatonin, a hormone that directly impacts sleep. The body naturally increases its production of melatonin at night to prepare for sleep, but when blue light is nearby, our bodies delay its production.
To help prevent this, many devices have a blue light filter option that decreases the amount of blue light coming from the screen as it gets later in the evening.
Swapping traditional white night lights for soft amber lights provide motion-activated nighttime safety lighting in sleep areas, like bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways. Easy stick on or stand up designs allow for instant lighting, while soft amber light takes the harshness out of getting up during the night or waking up in the morning.