I bet that many of my fellow tech bloggers spend a great deal of time at their PCs’, often working into the late hours researching for and writing their next article… I know for myself I fly with the owls (as TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone states it). A lot of this has to do with the mind of the geek not shutting down; BUT, have you ever thought that your computer monitor may be playing a part in this and is actually keeping you up. Think about it, most everyone owns the big LCD monitors that are very bright and that brightness stays at the same level both day and night. At night, the level of brightness becomes even more radiant and glowing and can actually impact and stress your eyesight and cause headaches.
Some studies indicate blue light is beneficial during the day, but late at night it can negatively affect your sleep pattern.
There is a potential software solution, that I am trying, called F.lux. F.lux is a FREE software application that you install on your PC that makes the color temperature of your computer’s display automatically adjust and adapt to the time of day at your location. There is a feature built into the software that allows you to pinpoint your exact location down to the longitude and latitude. Once the location is entered, F.lux does the rest. In a sense, as stated on the F.lux web site “warm at night and like sunlight during the day”. The nice thing about this app is that you can manually adjust the color temperature to tweak it to the level you desire. You can even temporarily disable F.lux or exit F.lux and your color temperature will return to its’ normal settings. The night setting is the setting where you will initially notice that the display gives off a fleshy tone and you may not like it at first; BUT, with continued use it may make a difference in both your vision and health. I plan to give this app a try to see what differences, if any, it will make.