We are intrinsically tied to our devices, they aren’t just a product that we use like a utensil anymore, they are part of our habitual behaviours, and it’s having a negative effect on not just our lifestyles, but also our health. I cant help but think that the saying ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ will soon be equaled with ‘the best time to blog is bedtime.’
Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that no matter where I am I can find my location on a map, see what’s trending on #RejectedSnowWhiteDwarves
or take a snap of my lunch and make the dieters out there insanely jealous!
Many studies refer to the problems of disturbed sleep as a result of brain over activity during our nighttime routines. Most smart devices emit a large quantity of blue light which is a natural disturbance to sleep patterns and brain behaviour.
But what’s really cool, is that the device manufacturers are listening
Apple recently introduced Night Shift mode on iOS, which I have been testing this week. I have to say, it really does work! By adding a natural tint of yellow and red to the device screen, it reduces the strength of the blue light, which allowed me to use my device without worrying about disturbing my natural body clock. Android developers have also jumped into action, creating apps that customise the screen tone during twilight hours and helping us get the rest we need.
This is a fantastic example of lifestyle and behavioural awareness in regards to health, and how we can constantly improve the digital world we live in. If tech is going to play a bigger part in our lives, we should make sure it can be adapted to suit the requirements of our day-to-day lives and help keep us healthy, even if it’s just though minor changes like the colour of our screens.
I think this is the start of something wonderful. With the huge presence of health-based smart tech getting us fitter and healthier, its nice to see that the market is beginning to cater for even wider needs. Needs that we might not even have realised we had.