Gift Ideas That Support Healthy Habits and Better Living

“[Healthy] habits take the effort out of our daily tasks; they are the ultimate form of ease.”
– Dr Christine Carter 

Here’s the thing: adopting new habits and making them stick is hard – especially for those of us who want to be healthier but need to make lifestyle changes (after years and years of conditioning) to do so. With that said, we want to emphasize that making conscious changes to your daily routine doesn’t have to wait for a calendar date (blink twice if you sign up for a new gym membership every New Year!). Making a change starts with making a choice to commit to your well-being, not waiting for a “better time” to come. Whether you’re looking to make a few upgrades in your own life, or you want to support loved ones in their own wellness journeys, you’re in the right place; TrueDark is committed to helping people harness healthy light for healthy living.

First: Blocking out Junk Light for Better Sleep, Energy and Performance 

Many people wonder why they have such a hard time maintaining their energy and focus during the day, and they often don’t give light enough credit. We’re specifically talking about artificial light, also known as junk-light. Unlike the sun (which emits the entire visible light spectrum), artificial light sources (such as LEDs and fluorescents) primarily emit short wavelengths of light (think blue and violet) and directly impact the body’s circadian rhythm. 

Your circadian rhythm is essentially a 24-hour clock that correlates with the rise and fall of the sun, and the blue light that it emits. As the sun ascends in the sky, the body’s cortisol levels rise and its melatonin levels decrease; conversely, when it gets dark outside, melatonin levels increase and cortisol levels decline – that is, if your body clock is synchronized with the sun. 

The reality is that most people spend 90% of their time indoors without enough daylight. They aren’t getting natural cues from the sun that help the body carry out natural functions, and they are getting too much exposure to artificial blue light all day long. Too much exposure confuses the brain and body into thinking that it’s daytime even if it’s 4pm in the afternoon or 11pm at night. Subsequently, it can be very difficult to fall and stay asleep at night while the sun is down. In modern society, where we are constantly indoors, using digital devices with screens (computers, smartphones, tablets, tvs), and keeping the lights on all night, it’s no wonder that people aren’t sleeping well, and that they aren’t able to perform their best the next day. The truth is that each day really starts the night before; how you prepare your mind and body directly affects how you show up in the world. 

That’s where TrueDark eyewear comes in. We are best known for our authentic 24-hour blue light blocking solution, which consists of science-backed eyewear that helps people block out the right amount of junk-light at the right time of day or night. This solution helps your body stay in sync with the natural rise and fall of the sun over a 24-hour period. Remember that the sun changes positions throughout the day and emits different amounts of blue light accordingly. So, your body needs to block different amounts of blue light throughout the day to prevent overexposure; and at night, you want to block out all blue light, as well as green and violet light, to signal to your brain that it’s dark outside so that you can fall and stay asleep. 

As their categorical name suggests, TrueDark Daywalkers are meant to be worn during the daytime, and they are designed to help you: 

  • Reduce eye strain and fatigue 
  • Maintain energy and focus 
  • Improve mood and performance 

Please note that TrueDark Daywalkers are available in either clear or yellow lenses that block 40% and 75% of blue light, respectively. If you’re looking for the most effective daytime blue light blocking glasses possible, then the yellow lenses are your best bet. If your career requires you to see true colors on a computer screen or be in uniform, and/or if you simply don’t feel comfortable wearing yellow lenses, then clear lenses are the better option for you! 

Our nighttime glasses are hard to miss or to mistake – they use distinguished red lenses that block up to 100% of blue, green and violet light.  Unlike our daytime glasses, all TrueDark Sleep Hackers are designed to help you: 

  • Fall asleep faster 
  • Improve the quality of the rest 
  • Avoid jet lag 

Better sleep at night will only help improve how you feel and perform the next day. Added bonus: getting consistent quality sleep has also been shown to help people lose weight!  

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One extra step that you can take to darken your room at night is to use TrueDark Stickers and Dots to cover up all the pesky little blue or green lights coming from different power sources (think radios, tvs, computers, or even VCRs). These are reusable stickers that you can also take with you on the go. If you’re a frequent traveler, these are a lifesaver in hotel rooms! 

Next: Leveraging Healthy Light for Faster Recovery and Anti-aging 

Light therapy (or photobiomodulation) is a painless, non-invasive therapeutic treatment that can be used to heal the body from the surface of the skin all the way down to the bone. It of course uses healthy light as opposed to what we refer to as junk light. NASA was the first to use light therapy to help regenerate muscle tissue in the body; this treatment has since been used and expanded to assist with numerous health conditions. Potential benefits may include: 

  • Improved blood circulation and oxygen flow 
  • Boosted lymphatic flow 
  • Reduced redness and scarring on the skin 
  • Improve cellular health and energy production 
  • Faster muscle recovery 
  • Reduced fine lines and wrinkles 
  • Better sleep 

The TrueLight product line consists of light therapy devices that use a patent-pending combination of light, including deep redrednear infrared, and yellow light to help promote deeper, faster healing. You have the choice of using a targeted solution (ideal for things like knees, elbows, wrists, or the face) or a full body solution that you can comfortably lay on (on your back or your stomach). These devices use the same technology to deliver healthy light that penetrates the body. 

Another important note about TrueLight devices is that they are designed with safety, portability and effectiveness in mind. That includes minimizing EMF radiation. For example, at a 6″ distance, the TrueLight Energy Square emits absolutely no non-native EMF radiation, and even with direct contact only 0.6 milligauss is emitted. This amount is very negligible and considered safe. For reference, when your cell phone rings, it emits 9-15 milligauss. One of the reasons we don’t use fans in our devices is because the EM coil in fans produce additional EMF radiation. Even on contact, TrueLight devices do not emit any additional emfs that are non-native to the environment here on earth.

We recently added the TrueLight Regenerative Blanket, which is the perfect companion for either the TrueLight Energy Square or Energy Mat and Pillow. It essentially allows you to harness your body’s natural infrared energy to help with things like: 

  • Improving blood circulation and oxygen flow 
  • Faster recovery time 
  • Pain relief 
  • Reduced inflammation 
  • Better sleep 

Consistency is Key

Light can be a very powerful tool for the mind and body, and we want to make sure that you’re using it as effectively as possible. Whatever your personal wellness goals are, please just remember to give yourself the time and space to achieve them because consistent attention and commitment to your self-care is going to be the driving force behind any real change. And yes, it sounds cliché, but clichés are often true so just embrace it!  

Junk Light, Disrupted Sleep, and Your Health

Exposure melatonin disrupting junk light can have have effects on many aspects of your health

Sleep cycle disruption

Junk light exposure when traveling can disrupt your circadian rhythm. Long-term exposure to light at night which accompanies shift work is listed as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Light at night has shown to be highly associated with significantly the risk of hormone specific such as cancers of the breast and prostate.

Headaches/Vision

The flickering wavelength of light associated with LEDs and compact fluorescent lights emit blue light that inhibits melatonin production but also create a unique glare that impacts your retina causing eye strain, headaches, and physical and mental fatigue.

Weight Gain

Red light and darkness move leptin and ghrelin into patterns that are (context dependent) associated with less hunger, while blue light does the opposite and can move both into patterns associated with more hunger.

Anxiety/Depression & Depression

Increase in cortisol, the stress hormone, due to circadian disruption. Memory recall is impaired with consistent sleep deprivation and may leave you distracted and not performing your absolute best.

The Importance of Melanopsin Cells

The Key to Better Sleep

detects blue light

The melanopsin cells detect blue light it tells your brain that it is “daytime” and less melatonin is produced.

sending signals to your brain

The signals to your brain to alert brightness and for the brain to increase or suppress the sleep hormone, melatonin.

Light Source

Melanopsin cells can’t differentiate the blue light that occurs naturally form the sun from the junk light emitted from your computer monitor.

Start Optimizing Your Life

Harness Your Biology to Fight Junk Light

Your body requires some blue light at the right time of day and from the right sources. That’s why we created TrueDark® Sleep Technology that gives you 24-protection from junk light day and night.

Use TrueDark® Twilights When You’re Ready for Sleep

Stop Junk Light with  TrueDark® Twilight technology that frees your hormones and neurotransmitters to do their best work.

When the sun goes down, blue light isn’t the only junk light that can disrupt our sleep cycle and more than blue blockers are needed. Patented TrueDark® Twilight is the first and only solution that is designed to work with melanopsin, a protein in your eyes responsible for absorbing light and sending sleep/wake signals to your brain. Without melanopsin, melatonin can’t be accessed.

When you wear your Twilights for as little as 30 min before bed you prevent your melanopsin from detecting the wrong wavelengths of light at the wrong time of day. This supports  your circadian rhythm and helps you fall asleep faster and get more restorative and restful sleep.

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TrueDark® Daywalkers for Your Waking Hours

The highly advanced lenses in TrueDark® Daywalkers operate on a more advanced level than traditional blue blockers.

Blue light emitted from the sun helps regulate our sleep/wake cycle. However, in today’s world, we’re exposed to an overabundance of blue light, or junk light from artificial light. This includes hours spent in front of  TVs, phones, and computers. It also includes time spent in artificial man made light with LEDs and fluorescent lights. Even if we’re simply reading a book, we’re doing that in artificial light which emit dramatically more blue light than the sun. That overexposure to junk light during the day has a dramatic impact on our neurotransmitters and hormones that are responsible for quality sleep.

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