With Veterans Day quickly approaching, there’s something that we’d like to try, but we’ll need some input in order to bring it to life. Perhaps you or someone you know can help, and maybe make a difference in someone else’s life.
First, here are some key stats to consider:
The reality is that military culture often coincides with insufficient sleep and pain management – not just for soldiers, but sometimes for their immediate family members too. It’s not all that surprising considering the traumatic experiences that our service members are exposed to, but that doesn’t mean that they must suffer for the rest of their lives. At the very least, they deserve adequate rest, and to feel okay.
With that said, one of our passions at TrueDark is to help light a path toward drug-free sleep and pain management solutions for military personnel. We would like to offer more support for those who have served and continue to do so – specifically with helping military members sleep better, and healing their bodies, naturally — but we realize that education must come first. There’s nothing quite like the solidarity and trust that is established within military units; so, what better way to help educate other military members than to hear directly from their brothers and sisters?
We invite all Active Military, Veterans, Retirees, Guard Troops, Military Spouses and their Immediate Family Members, to share their personal experiences with using:
We acknowledge that serving the nation isn’t for praise, and that sharing personal stories comes with a degree of vulnerability. We also believe that it can help others heal, that is the next mission.
If you’d like to join this effort, all you have to do is submit your story/testimonial to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 7th, and we will share it publicly (on our website, social channels and via email) throughout the week of November 11th. Please include any photos/videos that we are permitted to share along with your story or let us know if there is anything that we need to omit. We respect your privacy and discretion.
It goes without saying, but thank you to all military members and their families for your service and sacrifice to defend our nation. Because of you, this country continues to enjoy the freedoms and privileges that are so often taken for granted.
– Your TrueDark Team
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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. 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.
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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