Even before the pandemic struck, remote work was accelerating in various parts of the world, including the United States.  Now, the COVID-19 coronavirus is forcing people to work from home at the largest scale in history.  More time indoors means even more time under artificial lighting and in front of digital devices with LED screens. Overexposure to junk light can, in turn, negatively impact your energy, mood and performance. 

Here are some simple guidelines to help keep you happy, healthy and productive while working from home: 

  1. Maintain a consistent schedule by waking up at the same time every day. 
  2. Aim to get at least 20-30 minutes of natural sunlight, especially in the morning to help jump start your circadian rhythms. 
  3. Manage the light exposure in your home office, even if it’s temporarily in your kitchen. Consider opening the blinds to let natural light in instead of using light bulbs to illuminate your space.  You can also cover up power source lights with Junk Light Dots or tape. 
  4. Wear blue light blocking glasses to help reduce eye strain and fatigue while staring at screens for extended periods of time. If you need to see true colors while using digital devices, opt for clear lenses that are both functional and stylish:

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As we all learn to navigate working from home during COVID-19, remember that the best defense against any virus, infection or invader is a strong immune system. Getting consistent, quality sleep every night is essential for keeping your body strong and healthy. It’s also necessary for helping your body recover from today’s events so that you can be well-rested and better prepared for another tomorrow.  

Here are some simple guidelines to help you get the best sleep possible so that you can feel and function your best: 

  1. Dim the lights in your house as the sun starts to set each night.  You can also opt to use candles or red light bulbs.
  2. Minimize the amount of time you spend on digital devices in the hours leading up to bedtime to help prompt the wind-down process.
  3. Aim to got to bed at the same time every night to help keep your circadian rhythms on track.
  4. Invest in a pair of sleep-hacking glasses that specifically block out blue, green and violet light. These are designed to help your body produce more melatonin naturally so that you can fall asleep within 30-90 minutes of putting them on:

The bottom lineyou’re responsible for making the most out of each day. That means staying focused and being as productive as possible during the daytime, and getting consistent, quality sleep every night. 

Kids

Parents aren’t the only ones spending more time indoors. Youth are also participating in remote learning at home and spending extended periods of time with digital devices to stay occupied. More screen time means greater exposure to junk light and greater risk of disrupting their sleep later at night. The good news: we’ve got junk light blocking eyewear for kids too.

Accessories

Tired of those pesky little power source lights keeping you up at night? (You know, those blue or green lights that you typically find on computer or tv monitors, or on various appliances). Here’s one more light hack to try: TrueDark Junk Light Dots. These super convenient stickers can cover up those frustrating lights and keep your bedroom nice and dark for a great night’s sleep. They are also really easy to re-use, making them a great travel hack in hotel rooms too!

We understand that adjusting to this new normal may take some time, but please know that we’ll be here to help you leverage healthy light for healthier living throughout the process!

 
-Your TrueDark Team

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