Do you sleep like a babe each night or toss and turn like a ship in a storm? I tend to fall asleep really quickly when I first get into bed (which means that it takes me months to get through a book) but then I’ll wake at about 4.00am and that’s it. My day has begun. It doesn’t matter what time I go to bed, whether I forego alcohol (sacrilege), coffee or indeed if I actually feel weary.
It’s a sleeping pattern that I’ve become used to. The upside is that I get to see some fairly spectacular sunrises when out walking with my pups. Other than that, it’s a complete pain in the butt.
So I was thrilled when the gang at Bupa sent me some “Sleep Well Glasses” to review. Anything that might help is welcome I say! The glasses reduce exposure to blue light, which, so the theory goes, increases your natural melatonin levels. This, in turn, is said to assist with better sleeping patterns at night. I’ve been wearing the glasses for over a week now (over my own glasses which makes me look quite hideous) and this is what I can tell you:
To be honest, I haven’t noticed any great change to my sleeping pattern but I do feel like I’m sleeping more deeply so wake feeling more refreshed than I used to. Although that could well be because my husband is currently away so I have the bed to myself with no snoring wretch by my side!
Where I have found them extraordinary is with the amount of glare they take off my devices. I’m on a computer most of the day and then use an e-reader at night. The glasses make the screens look warmer and somehow less ‘glary’. Like most of you, I also use a mobile phone, use my ipad for reading newspapers and magazines and I occasionally watch TV. The glasses take away the ‘cold’ harsh light and I’ve definitely noticed that my eyes feel less strained, dry or itchy.
Weirdly, my eyes feel calmer if that’s possible.
You can find out more about the glasses, including where they are available by visiting the Sleep Well Glasses website. At almost $100, they’re not cheap but I think they’re well worth the investment given screens aren’t going to go away anytime soon.
If you don’t wear glasses, you can simply use the Sleep Well ones (non-prescription, available in various styles) whenever you wish. Or there’s the option of choosing your own (non-prescription glasses) and having them custom-fitted with the blue light control lens. Finally, if like me, you wear glasses, a blue-light coating can be added to your existing specs. The blue-light coating can also be added to your sunglasses. Something for everyone! I encourage you to take a look at the website, if only to find out more about melatonin levels and healthy sleeping patterns.
Meantime, any tips on sleeping past 4am will be gratefully received. Seriously.
Until next time….
* This post is brought to you by Caro & Co in partnership with Bupa Optical.