How to Use Swannies Blue Light Blocking Glasses
Light Hacking Glasses
These glasses to help you sleep?
You bet! And they do it in style.
But Why Do We Need Sunglasses at Night to Get to Sleep?
We live in an over paced 24/7 environment. It used to be off to bed after the sun went down.
Then we invented candles and firelight and lamps. We could work by candle, lamp or fire at night. And all of these sources were from the same light source, fire.
Firelight is Just Fine.
Firelight contains red, infrared and a host of other light spectrums.
Today’s artificial and processed LED and CFL lighting does not contain the all important red and infrared that is so necessary. LEDs and CFLs may be more energy efficient, but this lighting contains large spikes of blue light and no infrared.
The blue light can be harmful to us without the addition of red and infrared and blue light at night can cause us to have trouble falling asleep or lose out on quality sleep.
Here’s a great picture I pulled from this site showing the lighting spectrum of various bulbs:
Blue light can cause reactive oxygen species (ROS) to form in our eyes. These are free radicals that can cause damage, and some doctors say even macular degeneration and eventual blindness.
Full spectrum sunlight counters this effect with the addition of healing frequencies of light that are missing in today’s processed lighting.
But at night, we would never have been exposed to full spectrum sunlight. Just moonlight or firelight.
In addition, our bodies produce melatonin after the sun sets. This not only helps us sleep, but is thought to be the body’s master anticancer hormone.
Exposure to bright light and blue frequencies of light after dark can stop our own production of melatonin making it harder for us to function the next day and stopping the process of rejuvenation overnight.
Processed Food Meet Processed Lighting
We humans are not meant to work after dark under processed artificial lighting. We call this junk lighting and like junk food, it’s bad for us.
The data is out and exposure to light at night (unless it’s firelight) is damaging to humans (In fact IARC and WHO consider shift work and light at night as a type 2A “probable human carcinogen”).
I hacked my own light at home using red LED bulbs in my bedroom, soon to be illegal incandescent and low watt halogen bulbs in my kitchen. Red LED bulbs are better than standard LEDs, but still not ideal, and many of the colored LEDs are just based on a blue or white LED with a colored plastic shielding to create the light.
Even though I had changed over to all LED lights in my home, I ended up pulling them out and putting back the incandescent and halogen bulbs to get healthier lighting in the rooms I use most often. While I enjoyed the cost savings from LEDs low energy use, I simply think the health concerns over this type of lighting is too important to ignore for me and my family.
What Should You Do After Dark?
Wear these Uvex glasses of course! They’re only $8 on Amazon, and block blue light.
What? These aren’t glamorous enough for you? Ok, read on.
If you will be heading out to happy hour after work and won’t get home till after dark, you probably don’t want to be wearing safety glasses to your social function.
You might even still be at work after dark should you work in a northern climate. In the winter you leave the house before the sun is up and drive home after the sun has set. This is what it looks like in my town when I drive at 7pm in January:
I live in the suburbs and not the city. All those lights get pretty bright at night. I assume the city is even brighter.
Throw a pair of light hacking glasses in your work bag to wear on the way to and from work (whenever the sun isn’t up, your glasses should be on). You don’t have to wear those cheesy orange glasses, there’s a better solution.
You can’t always control the lights you are exposed to at night. We have talked about proper lighting here.
The glasses are key. You can install software on your laptop and phone, but what can do you do about overhead lighting and when you go out?
The Swannies blue light blocking glasses in the picture above is your answer. They fit well, and are comfortable. They protect me from exposure to everything from lights in the fridge when I open it up, to the laptop screen and even and overhead lighting that hasn’t been hacked to an amber or red light scenario.
I can wear them when I drive at night and even when I head out on the town.
Why Hack Blue Light at Night?
Get to sleep faster. Nothing kills sleep inducing melatonin faster than blue light exposure.
Have more rejuvenating and restful sleep. Melatonin is responsible for helping us to detox during sleep. If blue light impairs our ability to produce adequate levels of melatonin, we may not get all the benefits of sleep.
Reduce risk of cancer. Shift work, because of the exposure to light at night may cause cancer.
Use screens after dark. Since the beginning of time, we have lived with firelight at night, not artificial lights. Firelight and natural sunlight contain many spectrums of light including Blue, but also Red and Infrared. LED and Fluorescent lights are largely based on blue and white spectrum light only. While we need blue and red spectrum light during the day, we never evolved with solely white or blue spectrum light at night.
What to Wear When Going Out
Yes, sometimes I leave the house at night to go to dinner or even socialize with others. Especially when I travel.
When I go out at night I get a bit anxious knowing my melatonin is likely being interrupted by all the artificial light I’m exposing myself to. But wearing the Uvex glasses isn’t socially appropriate, dammit.
Enter James Swanwick.
I have known about James and his light hacking solution for at least 2 years, but hadn’t yet bought his glasses.
James used to be the guy out at the bar or business dinner meetings wearing these!!!
Wow, that’s hardcore. But he wouldn’t have done it if they didn’t work!
He knew all about the melatonin blocking effects of light at night and was hacking it. Wearing these glasses made a difference in his life by improving his sleep. But after numerous comments about the cheesy glasses he was wearing, he decided to do something about it.
He designed and produced the first truly designer glasses for wearing at night to block blue light. He really did it right. Just check out the people who are using these and know they are the epitome of cool.
James called these glasses Swannies and they have been a huge success.
Naturally I wanted a pair of these, but did not want to purchase them sight unseen. They cost more than the Uvex goggles. About 10 times more! Although, now the price has dropped from $134 a pair to only $59 a pair!!
Enter the Bulletproof Biohacking conference. James was there with is brother Tristan set up in the tech hall with a booth.
I knew they were in there because, and I’m not kidding, nearly 50% or more of the 2500+ conference attendees came out of the tech hall wearing Swannies . The crew in the picture above is the ARX team sporting their new Swannies.
Everyone looked fabulous. It helped that James was running a special and selling them for a big discount ($85 for one or 3 pairs for $65 each). Today they are on sale for $59 from their usual $134.
I was able to meet James and Tristan Swanwick and try on the glasses as well as learn that the plastic frames are made to be molded to my face by applying a little heat. I can do this at home or bring them into the eye doctor to have them adjusted and formed to fit me.
They fit well, looked great, and I bought 3 pairs. One for me, my Mom and my wife.
Go HERE to learn why you should be wearing these at night.
I recommend not wearing them during the day, but instead getting lots of natural sunlight directly outdoors whenever you can.
If you have to work indoors on a computer without access to natural light, try these Blutech lenses whether you wear prescription or not. Your eye doctor can get you a pair of glasses made with bluetech, or if you don’t wear glasses, just find a bluetech dealer on the bluetech website and stop in for a pair.
I stopped in without an appointment and had my bluetech’s ordered within a few minutes. I stopped back 2 hours later to pick them up. I use these during daytime when I’m in fluorescent lit conference rooms with no windows (GET ME OUT!!)
While I love the design and get complements on the style of the Swannies, I will not be replacing my Uvex glasses at home. The Swannies are super fashionable, but simply do not cover as much of my face as the Uvex. There are gaps on the top and sides of the glasses that let light in. With that said, you simply can’t beat the beautiful style and rock star look of the Swannies for hitting the town after dark.
We do offer an affiliate link for you to buy a pair of Swannies. We purchased our pairs at the full price (less the discount they offered at the conference) and have been trying them out to ensure we fully support this product. We do receive a commission of anything you purchase using our link. By doing so you help keep this blog alive and help find the resources to attend conferences and keep on top of the latest in Biohacking.
I wear these anytime I travel or leave home after dark. Oddly, absolutely no one has even asked me about them. No comments about wearing sunglasses at night.
I wear them to the gym, restaurants, work, and never has anyone asked why I’m wearing them. People either assume I’m crazy and leave me alone, play it off like I’m not wearing sunglasses at night and ignore them, or are in awe of how amazing they look. They’re that cool!
And if that’s wasn’t enough to convince you, check out this awesome clip by JP Sears – wearing his Swannies!!!
Maybe Corey Heart was Right!
Hop on over to the Swannies page and get the glasses that bring you one step closer to better health and better sleep!