Can Amber Glasses Help You Sleep Better?

Sleep is one of the pillars of optimum health.

We’ve all heard the recommendations to put away our phones an hour or two before bed. But realistically who is following that good advice? Anyone…hello? The temptation to check our emails, Facebook and a quick binge watch of game of thrones has left us all with blue light syndrome and a brain that doesn’t want to go to sleep anytime soon.

If this sounds all too familiar and your precious phone is keeping you from catching those zzz’s, fear not as a recent study suggests that amber glasses could be your knight in shining armour when It comes too sleep.


I can hear the silent murmurs of those who say they only get five hours sleep anyway but what is the quality of that sleep and how can amber glasses help.

So, what are amber glasses?

Amber glasses block the blue light that is emitted from our phones, television, computers and even the artificial lighting in our homes. The problem with blue light particularly at night is that it is suppressing our melatonin production and disrupting our circadian rhythm. (such as the natural sleep-wake cycle)

From Harvard:

“While light of any kind can suppress the secretion of melatonin, blue light does so more powerfully. Harvard researchers and their colleagues conducted an experiment comparing the effects of 6.5 hours of exposure to blue light to exposure to green light of comparable brightness. The blue light suppressed melatonin for about twice as long as the green light. It shifted circadian rhythms by twice as much (3 hours vs. 1.5 hours).”

The scientific research behind blue light exposure and its ability to suppress sleep is robust. 

Sleep specialist Dr. Michael Breus makes this statement in his book The Power of When:

“The most disruptive event in the history of bio time occurred on December 31, 1879 with the invention of the electric light bulb.”

In recent studies amber glasses were tested by 14 insomniacs to see if they would help them get extra sleep. Research found that those using the amber glasses three hours before bed got an extra 30minutes of sleep each night. Their mood and sleep quality improved over the course of wearing amber glasses compared to a group that wore ultraviolet light blocking glasses.

Amber glasses can be purchased online - or speak to your optician for a more in-depth look at how amber glasses work.

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