Sweater – Anthropologie // Bottoms – Banana Republic // Shoes – Ralph Lauren // Glasses – Amazon
My sister’s eyesight is horrible. Like really horrible. Growing up she always had glasses, and I always was jealous of how cute I thought they looked. Since we have 3 ophthalmologists in my family (yes, 3), it seemed like we were always in my uncle’s practice getting our eyes checked. I wanted glasses so bad as a kid that my mom told my uncle to ‘prescribe’ me glasses with clear lenses just so I could fit in with my big sis.
I still love the look of glasses, but I always felt silly wearing fake ones just for the look. But now I finally have a reason to wear glasses – and it has nothing to do with my vision.
Have you ever gotten a headache, felt super groggy, or wasn’t able to sleep after being on your phone, computer, or watching TV for a long time? That’s because you are exposed to an excessive amount of artificial light. Blocking this artificial light, or blue light, serves an important biological purpose, helping to regulate your internal clock to control sleep patterns and other body functions.
WHY THE GLASSES?
Exposure to artificial light is one of the largest overlooked health risks that we in the 21st century need to acknowledge. Back in the day, people started and ended their day as the sun rose and set, which synchronized perfectly with their circadian rhythm.
Today, your body is still attuned to this internal clock. In the morning, bright sunlight signals to your body that it’s time to wake up. At night, as the sun sets, darkness should signal to your body that it’s time to sleep.
But most people living in developed countries no longer go to sleep when the sun goes down *cough cough college students*. Instead, we turn on LED lights, computers, TVs, tablets and phones, all of which expose us to large amounts of blue light at a time of day when there’s supposed to none. Your body is understandably confused as a result.
BENEFITS TO BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING GLASSES
In a recent study, the use of such glasses for one week led to “knock-your-socks-off results” among people with bipolar disorder.
These dramatic results make sense since the discovery of intrinsically photo-responsive retinal ganglion cells, which are receptors in your eyes that detect only blue light. These receptors communicate with areas of your brain linked to control of your biological clock (hypothalamus) as well as mood and emotions (the limbic system).
In 2009, research published in Chronobiology International, similarly found dramatic improvements in insomnia and mood in about half of bipolar patients who wore blue-blocking glasses.
WHERE TO GET THEM
One of the least expensive and simplest ways to protect your body’s internal clock, support healthy sleep, and a lowered risk of many chronic diseases, is to wear blue-light-blocking glasses not just at night but anytime you are exposed to artificial lights.
When you step outside in the beautiful sunlight, take them off because sunlight serves a powerful purpose for stimulating our immune system through our sight. The best news is that there are some super affordable cute blue light blocking glasses out there! I got this pair on Amazon for only $12!
I love having a real excuse to wear cute glasses now. In my experience with them so far, I’ve noticed better sleep and no more sluggish feeling after working on my computer for a few hours.