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Sleep More to Look Better Naturally - According to a New Study

Posted by Blue Block Glasses Team on June 04, 2017 . 0 Comments

Can Sleep Affect Appearance?

We’ve all heard about the infamous 'beauty sleep'. Sleep may be the closest thing to a fountain of youth, but how much truth is there to this statement?  A recent study conducted at Stockholm University and Karolinska Institute sheds some interesting insight into the relationship between sleep and appearance.

25 healthy participants were photographed once after receiving the standard 8-hours of sleep for 2 consecutive nights, and a second time receiving only 4-hours of sleep for 2 consecutive nights – all else equal. Following the photo session, they rated their sleepiness ranging from 1 (extremely alert) to 9 (extremely sleepy) [1].

Separately 122 individuals; who were not aware of the purpose of the study and not a student of psychology rated 50 facial photos of the participants on a scale concerning their sociability, trustworthiness, attractiveness, and health. The same subject was never shown twice...

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Beyond Lighting Conference May 2 - 4, 2017 at the University of Toronto

Posted by Blue Block Glasses Team on April 18, 2017 . 0 Comments

We are excited to announce that Somnitude will participate in the Beyond Lighting Conference to be held at the University of Toronto, from May 2 - 4. 

SSLNet Conference Beyond Lighting 2017

The conference will feature talks and workshops by leading academics and industry experts in the area of lighting science. Of particular interest for us is the focus of this years theme on lighting for human health benefits.

The keynote address will be provided by Dr. Marie Dumont, who is Canada's pre-eminent researcher on the intersection on light, sleep and cognition. She is the Scientific Director of the Centre for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine (CARSM) at Sacre-Coeur Hospital of Montreal, and a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Montreal. 

The Conference is hosted by the Sustainable Smart Lighting Network (SSLNet) which is Canada's largest and most active lighting network....

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Blue Block Glasses Ranks Well on Comparison of ‘Best Blue Blockers’

Posted by Blue Block Glasses Team on November 10, 2016 . 0 Comments

It can be tricky finding the right pair of blue light filtering eyewear. There are many things to consider; including cost, style, spectral transmittance and comfort. With many potential companies offering products, it’s difficult for the customer to truly understand which company offers the best solution for them.

That’s why a website dedicated to eye strain solutions, Glarminy, recently conducted an overview of all the major blue light filtering eyewear products on the market. Glarminy conducted a review based the number of different blue blocking lenses and spectral transmittance specifications. They considered the following products:

Blue Block Glasses Comparison

We are happy to note that Blue Block Glasses did very well on the ranking metrics. We scored 14 out of 36 and were ranked the 8th under the recommendations with a focus on blue block lenses and frame...

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Study Shows Blue Blocking Glasses Could Improve Mental Health

Posted by Blue Block Glasses Team on October 20, 2016 . 0 Comments

Scientists have long known that sleep and mental are interconnected. A recent study shows that using blue light filtering eyewear in the evening hours could improve mental health.

Sleep and Mental Health

First some facts on sleep. Based on a 2016 survey of 2000 Canadian adults [1]:

Sleep Facts

These are alarming statistics and indicate that sleep related problems are increasing in severity.

Mental health issues are also on the rise, a recent study showed 20% of Canadians would personally experience a mental health illness in their lifetime, and approximately 8% of adults would experience major depression at some time in their lives [2].

The prevailing and longstanding view is that sleep problems are often the causes and symptoms of psychiatric disorders. However, growing evidence is suggesting that the relationship between sleep and mental health is more complex, and includes bi-directional causation. Recent studies...

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Sleep 101 : Why Do We Sleep?

Posted by Blue Block Glasses Team on October 13, 2016 . 0 Comments

If you sleep for about 8 hours per night, it means you will spend approximately 229,961 hours or 26.2 years of your life asleep! That is very a long time. Yet if you ask people a basic question: why do you sleep? you probably won’t get a satisfactory answer. This article is part of a series called “Sleep 101” that aims to answer some common questions people have about sleep.

What are the benefits of sleep?

To understand the purpose of sleep, we start by looking at it's function and the underlying biological changes that occur during sleep.

What is the function of sleep?

Although we are still not exactly sure why we sleep there are a few main theories that are supported within the scientific and medical communities.

A key function associated with sleep is Memory Consolidation, which refers to the formation of long-term memories as we sleep [1]. As neurons build connections with other...

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Another Way to Test Your Blue Light Filtering Eyewear

Posted by Siriya Mitsattha on July 21, 2016 . 0 Comments

Since our blog post titled ‘How Effective is your Blue Light Filter - Test Your Glasses with this Graphic’ we’ve received a lot of questions from people curious to learn more. Often times, people have purchased glasses from a source and are not certain if they are truly blue light filtering and if they are – how effective.

So we decided to design another graphic to help our readers test their glasses. But first, we’ll go through a little background on how color is displayed and perceived. The image below illustrates a simple Red Green Blue (RGB) color model that most should be familiar with.

RGB Color

Source : Wikimedia Commons

 

The above image shows an additive color...

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Children and Melatonin Supplements : A Growing Concern

Posted by Siriya Mitsattha on June 26, 2016 . 0 Comments

Almost 35% of Canadian children suffer from some type of sleep related issue. Common sleep conditions are pediatric insomnia, delayed sleep onset, frequent night awakenings and difficulty falling asleep or returning to sleep. 

Child Using Ipad impact on Sleep

Use of electronic devices before bed time is known to cause sleep disruption 

In order to better understand how parents address these issues, The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) conducted a survey in 2015 titled  The Usage of Sleep-Promoting Medication in Children. They asked parents and caregivers about their use of both over-the-counter and prescription medication in aiding their child with sleep.

Out of 346 survey responses:

  • 21.4% of parents admitted using over-the-counter melatonin supplements
  • 4.6% revealed using prescribed...
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The Risks of Shift Work

Posted by Siriya Mitsattha on May 17, 2016 . 0 Comments

What is shift work?

Shift work refers to any work that occurs outside of regular daytime hours (8 AM to 5 PM), and also involves irregular, on call, and rotating shifts. In 2005, approximately 28% of 14.6 million Canadian workers worked some type of irregular shift. 

Industries where shift work is common include healthcare (doctors, nurses and hospital staff), services (police, fast food and commercial workers) and transportation (airline staff and truckers). 

Working against natural biological clocks could have a detrimental impact on shift workers both physically and mentally. Shift work was categorized as a Class 2A Carcinogen by the World Health Organization in 2007. In addition, studies have shown that night shift workers have almost twice the risk of being injured when compared to regular workers.

Why does shift work pose a risk?

Biologically, humans evolved to rest at night...

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Does Tryptophan in Turkey Make You Feel Sleepy ? - Guest Post by Dr. J. Colon

Posted by Blue Block Glasses Team on November 25, 2015 . 0 Comments

Everyone swears that eating Turkey on Thanksgiving puts them to sleep immediately. How much truth is there to this anecdote? We decided to check in with Sleep Specialist, Dr. J. Colon. 
Dr. Jose Colon

As Thanksgiving approaches, every year I’m asked about tryptophan and sleep. It seems to make sense to people that turkey induces sleep because it has tryptophan and on Thanksgiving people are sleepy. Not so fast! People are sleepy on Thanksgiving not because of turkey alone. It’s because a person may have 5 servings of turkey, 4 side dishes, 3 slices of pie, 2 glasses of wine (maybe reverse the order), and 1 additional serving of turkey as they stand around and pick at what's left of the carved turkey.

If turkey was the magic link for sleep it would be illegal to...

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