How To Fall Asleep Sooner

After reading my post about improving intelligence and the benefits of waking up early, a number of you shared your experiences about the various hurdles in getting a good sleep and more importantly settling on a good sleep cycle. One of the harder steps in getting in to a good sleep routine was, oddly enough, actually going to sleep. Although waking up in the morning is an uphill climb for a lot of us, it turns out that falling asleep is a beast on its own.

One of the major culprits for this is an electronic screen. And there are many of them. Its more likely that you are surrounded, right now, with a computer screen, TV screen and a smart phone screen. And these screens are super bright pouring a tsunami of light straight into your eyes which promptly unload them into your brain. Our brain, with all of its smartness and squiggly grey matter, reacts the same way to electronic light as it does for natural sunlight. As far as the brain is concerned bright light means day so it remains in active state until the light sources are extinguished. Sadly, even after all lights are turned off, it takes a while for the brain to completely calm down and go to sleep mode. That is why it takes us anywhere between 15 to 45 minutes after going to bed to actually fall asleep.

Clearly minimizing exposure to bright light before bed time is the cure for this issue, but how? Nice people will advice us to turn off these gadgets a few hours before going to bed so that the brain has enough time to cool down, but smart people know that its impractical. I mean, after spending 8 spine busting hours at our desk jobs, we crave some quality time in the evening, playing video games, watching TV and YouTube and Hulu videos on our computer until the eyes shut themselves with exhaustion and/or dryness. There is no way we can give that up. Once again, this problem needs to be solved by the most awesome people on the planet, Programmers.

After researching for a while I found this wonderful little app that automatically changes your computer screen’s brightness and contrast depending on the time of the day. The app is called Flux. By identifying your geographic location, it calculates the sunrise and sunset time and changes your computer screen’s intensity and color accordingly. During day time screen is all bright and inviting and after sunset, the brightness is gradually reduced. This is software with bio-scientific utility so there is no reason to doubt its competence. Here is a couple of pictures of my screen, with and without Flux enabled.

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Flux Disabled. Screen is bright at 10:45 PM
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Flux Enabled. Screen is dimmed at 10:45 PM

Flux is free to download and is available for Mac, Windows and Linux. Try it and let me know. I installed today and will be giving a trial run for a few days to see if it really works, but I am curious to know how useful it turns out for y’all.

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