Most of us can agree that our sleep schedules are completely backwards. One thing given to smartphone users is the Blue Light Tool. This tool is supposed to help you get a better sleep while still being able to use your smartphone at nightime. Over the span of 7 days, I used this tool and tried to see of it worked on me and my sleep. We can agree we also enjoy using our smartphones at nightime. Reducing the blue light in your phone helps reduce strain from your eyes and makes it easier to fall asleep.
One thing I noticed while using the Blue Light Tool is that I had very interesting dreams. I’m not sure I had these because I haven’t used the tool before or that I’m just an odd individual. Here’s the first dream of my experiment:
I started off on a boat. Inside of this boat we had different stations where we would cook and put toppings on cheeseburgers. I was the one toasting the buns. I had been called out onto the deck of the boat to have a talk with someone. I thought I was in trouble. As soon as I got out onto the deck I found my World history teacher (shoutout to my mans Mr. Hubble). We had a long conversation about who we thought was going to win the Bedlam football game. All of the sudden, we sat down at a square table and began to play cards. Then I stood up, walked along the deck, and ended up in a black and white movie. It was an old Italy type of scene. As we walked along a street we found a gate. I walked closer and read a sign above the door: “HELL”. I’m not sure why, but I opened the door and walked into this hell room and laid down in bed next to what I assumed was the devil. He was actually a nice guy, we talked for a while. I don’t quite remember what we talked about. Then I was able to see myself in a 3rd person point of view and I started turning into my dad. I lost my hair and grew a beard. Then I was woken up by my alarm.
Other than my weird dreams, I noticed that I was put into a deeper and more full sleep. I did wake up in the middle of the night a couple of times, but nothing was too extreme. I became more tired the later it got. By 9:30 – 10:00, I was able to hop into my bed and pass out, unlike my old sleep schedule where I would fall asleep at 2 in the morning and wake up at 5 that same morning.
One thing that good sleep is linked to is mental health. Mentalhealth.org has an article about sleep and its effect on your well being. ”Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information. Poor sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.”
I can say from personal experience that this one week of good sleep has helped me feel 10x better physically and has helped me tone down stress levels.
By John Bryan