Will Apple’s New Night Shift Setting Help People Fall Asleep?

Angelique Kokal, Reporter

Earlier this week, Apple came out with a new “Night Shift” setting for the newest version of its mobile operating system, IOS 9.3. Night Shift’s main purpose is to change the colors of an iPhone or iPad screen to the warmer side of the color spectrum, diminishing the amount of blue light. Blue light has been shown to disturb the body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that tells our bodies to go to sleep.

The Night Shift setting has been created in response to several studies that have shown that looking at backlit screens can make it more difficult to fall asleep. recent studies have also shown excessive amounts of screen time directly before bed can lead to sleep deprivation, which can eventually cause health issues like heart disease and obesity.

Researchers have not yet tested the effects of this new setting, but they do say it’s not just about the color, the intensity of the light matters as well. Dr. Mariana Figueiro, a researcher at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, suggests manually adjusting screen brightness to the minimum amount and trying out the new “Night Shift” setting to lessen the disruption of melatonin production and to hopefully allow for better, longer sleep.

Source: CNN