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Apple’s New iOS 9.3 Update Helps Users Sleep

Lauren Surbrugg | March 03, 2016

Apple continually surprises iPhone, iWatch, and iPad users with better and better updates as technology advances. In the most recent iOS update, Apple released new additions that can help users get a great night’s sleep. As we’ve been sharing, it is continually important to maintain good sleep and health habits for great adventures that are ahead of you.

Introducing Night Shift

Did you know that the harmful bright blue light that emits from your phone can cause damage to your sleep health. So, aside from asking everyone to go purchase blue light blocking glasses, Apple released Night Shift. According to Apple’s website, “Night Shift uses your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location, then it automatically shifts the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum.”

Why Night Shift Matters for Sleep and Health

The blue light that backlights technological devices such as smartphones, tablets, televisions, and computers is known as a cool laser light. The powerful laser rays can damage the retina’s cell health and cause permanent damage to vision. In relation to sleep, blue light disrupts the body’s natural circadian rhythm which is the body’s ability to tell when the sun sets and start “shutting down” the body as it prepares for sleep.

So when you lie in bed and stare at that tiny screen in your hand, the blue light is telling your body that it is still daylight, causing your body to try and stay awake. The new Apple update improves your ability to sleep according to natural patterns. Sleep and health are necessary, so thank you to Apple for considering ways to avoid this damage.