Editors' pick: Originally published July 21.
The screen you are reading this article on could be harming your health.
New studies continue to highlight the effect that artificial blue light emitted from electronics, including appliance monitors and cellphone screens, have on users' health.
Why is too much blue light seriously bad for you?
Blue light prevents the body from creating the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin.
However, companies and entrepreneurs alike have taken a keen interest in combating these ill effects.
Apple took notice and added a night shift feature on the latest iOS update to combat this problem.
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Entrepreneur James Swanwick has taken this a step further and created glasses that help wearers reduce their exposure to artificial blue light.
The product is called Swannies, and it continues to gain traction on Amazon.
"People don't realize that artificial blue light is tricking your body and brain into thinking it's daytime. Because of this, your body is not creating melatonin needed to sleep," Swanwick said.
As the world becomes increasingly dominated by electronic use, society often remains unaware of the effect that electronic use has on sleep and overall health. Because of the universal prevalence and reliance on electronics, the issue likely affects the vast majority of the American population.
"Your body takes about 90 minutes to really start producing melatonin. If you are not blocking that blue light, then your body is missing out on that deep REM sleep, the most restorative elements," Swanwick said.
A Harvard study warned that exposure to artificial blue light has been linked to diabetes, obesity and even cancer.
Swannies combats this problem by blocking almost 100% of the dangerous blue light, and users have reported numerous health benefits while wearing the glasses.
"They will feel sleepier, sleep deeper in the night, and be more refreshed and energized when they wake up with an increased level focus and productivity," Swanwick said.
This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.