Screens off before bedtime!

February 24, 2014

Okay, I hadn’t really heard about melatonin supression before yesterday. The basic idea is that blue-rich light from electronic devices like LCD screens and televisions screws up our brain chemistry if we’re exposed to it a lot late at night, and keeps people from getting a good night’s sleep.

Now, sleep is very important to me. And I’ve been noticing some problems with it lately. So I decided to give this thing a try yesterday. I didn’t muck around with apps to adjust light levels or amber goggles, just set a deadline to turn off all the LCD screen devices, and gave myself a bedtime an hour later.

It was a little odd trying to steer clear of my computers, the television, my smartphones, tablet, etcetera for that hour, but worked out pretty well. I did some cleaning and dishes in the kitchen while listening to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ on an old audiobook player that doesn’t really have enough of a screen to worry about. (It does have blue backlight, actually, but I figured it wasn’t bright enough to make a difference if I wasn’t staring at the readout for the whole hour.) And I enjoyed a nice bedtime snack while listening to some music.

I felt like I got some good sleep, and I’m going to try it again tonight, so I need to wrap-up this post quickly. I think one of the benefits for me may not be about blue light, just that without all my fancy devices, I won’t be so tempted to procrastinate and stay up later than I meant to! 😉


Odyssey Prep: Nineteen days to go!

May 21, 2013

That’s how long I have until I expect to be arriving in Manchester. It’s exciting, and there’s still rather a lot to do.

I got some shopping for the dorms done today at Walmart. Nothing too exciting, mostly stuff that I’ll be able to take home and use around the apartment, but didn’t want to take the stuff that I’ve been using recently because it’s too old and grungy:

  • Bedsheets
  • Foam mattress pad. (This is one I didn’t have before, but Jeanne specifically suggested them for the student mattresses, and I thought it was probably a good idea. I need a decent night’s sleep!)
  • Pillow cases
  • Bathmat
  • Tea towels
  • Laundry detergent capsules
  • Scrubbing brush for dishes, pots, and pans.

Isn’t it so glamorous? 😉

I need to go back to the textbook soon, figure out what I think about the Tolkien essay.


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