I’m sure you have heard about the buzzword “blue light” and how staring at the screen of your phone, tablet, computer, or television late at night can significantly disturb your sleep.
Do you know why?
Blue light activates the release of cortisol in your brain. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone.
When released, cortisol activates your adrenal glands causing you to feel awake and alert.
As you know, this is awful for when you are trying to fall asleep at night…
Combine blue light with all those world-saving thoughts you are having and the elegant speeches you are crafting, and you are in for a difficult night.
But what if I told you that blue light could be used in a productive way?
Sure, you do not want an excess of blue light in the evening hours… but what about in the morning?
If you are someone who struggles with feeling sluggish or groggy in the morning – check this out.
As I said before, blue light activates the release of the stress hormone – Cortisol – in the brain. In response to this, your adrenal glands begin firing, causing you to feel a sense of alertness.
Introducing: “Blue Light Therapy”
If you live in a warm and sunny climate, like I do in Southern California, then you can often get most of your blue light naturally from the sun.
However, if you do not live in a climate like this, rather, in one that is gloomy, cloudy, and dark – like Michigan or Washington, then I highly recommend purchasing a blue light. You can easily find an inexpensive version on Amazon by typing in, “Blue Light.”
Here is how it works:
Upon waking in the morning, whether you are reading, working on responding to emails, writing, or even eating breakfast, have the blue light sitting about an arm’s length in front of you.
**DISCLAIMER** Do not stare at the light.
Simply go about your morning routine with the blue light close by and shining on your face. Your eyes will take the light in and the process of cortisol release will begin.
Typically, it is recommended to use the light for about 20 minutes each morning. However, if you are feeling extra tired or sluggish, spend 30 minutes in front of the light.
Opinion: I have been using blue light therapy every morning for 5 years. Whether I have the greatest night of sleep or a horrendous night; using the blue light has set me up to have a productive and energized day.
If you are a person who lives in a sunny climate, try taking a 20-minute walk in the morning. Blue light is one of the primary UV rays found in sunlight – it’s what makes the sky appear blue.
If you are interested in learning more about the immense benefits of blue light therapy, please reach out to us by visiting www.tigerpi.com/freesession
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