The Viability of Blue Light

Despite the negative aspects of blue light when talked about in the context of ‘screen time,’ research tells us that the color can be beneficial to our mental health. Some researchers have found, and demonstrated, that blue light does have a positive effect on our mood overall.

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What is Blue Light?

Sunlight (or any white light) is made up of several colors like red, yellow, blue, and violet. Each colored light has its own energy level, wavelength, as well as frequency. For example, rays of red are known to have less energy and longer wavelengths, whereas blue has a lot of energy and a shorter wavelength.

Although our biggest source of blue light is the sun, we receive most of it from our devices, such as televisions, computer screens, and smartphones. While long-term exposure to blue light is harmful to our eyes, it can be very beneficial for our mental health when used in a controlled manner.

How Blue Light Affects Us

Light (as well as its absence) plays an important role in our sleeping habits. It tells our brain to produce specific hormones that will help us get through the day as well as help us sleep at night. And because blue light has a very strong effect on our brains, exposure to it during the night can disrupt our sleep. This will then negatively affect the production of certain hormones, like serotonin and dopamine, which helps us control our emotions and mood. If this continues, it can lead to depression and mood disorders.

Using Blue Light As Therapy

An hour-long morning exposure to blue light can help boost your energy levels, make you more alert, and brighten your mood during the day. When used in therapy, blue light can help treat or soothe the symptoms of various mental health conditions or disorders, such as:

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Non-Seasonal Depression
  • Dementia
  • General anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Bipolar Disorder
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