About 9 months ago, I was looking up something about the thyroid and adrenal fatigue.
I don’t remember what it was, but it led me to stumble across a page on Wellness Mama’s site about the thyroid. I can’t find the page now (she has a lot of blog posts), but it was similar to this page about getting enough sleep.
Anyway, she recommended installing F.lux on your computer. F.lux is a software that helps to block blue light and allows you to interact with technology without hurting your eyes too much.
So, of course, I had to install this magical thing to see what it was all about. My life hasn’t been the same since.
Adjusting to F.lux
Before F.lux, I had no idea how bright the screen of my MacBook really was. It just seemed… well, normal.
It definitely was not normal. I’m up super late most nights, so staring at that bright screen was overwhelming when everything else was mostly dark. Of course, I could dim it, but that blue light was still there.
When I installed F.lux, it took some getting used to. Everything appeared orangey. I would stay up late working, squinting at my computer screen, thinking, what the heck is up with this software?
Well, F.lux does this ingenious thing where you set your time zone as well as what time you wake up every morning. This means that my computer knew what time it was and adjusted its light accordingly.
This explained why at 1 a.m. I could hardly see my screen. The software adjusted for the time and I was left thinking, “You know, it is 1 a.m.… maybe I should go to bed.”
F.lux also reminds me when I’m getting up. It knows that I need 9 hours of sleep every night, so once that 9-hour mark hits, F.lux gives me a visual reminder to tell me, “You’re getting up in 9 hours.” Every half hour after that, it reminds me that I should start thinking about getting some sleep.
How F.lux Has Changed My Life
F.lux has done a few things to help me clean up my act, both as a professional writer and as a human being. They include:
- Having an easier time seeing my computer screen
- Rarely having to adjust the brightness
- Knowing when it’s time for me to go to bed
- Reducing my exposure to blue light
- Helping me to annoyingly point out how bright other people’s screens are
- Sleep better because I’m not being kept awake by that crazy bright light that my mind thinks is a sun
I have really enjoyed having F.lux installed on my MacBook and wouldn’t take it off for any reason!
Some Features of F.lux
F.lux doesn’t just get all orangey on you and then let you on your merry way. If you have a routine and you let F.lux know about that routine by setting your waking hours, it will adjust for you in a way that mimics natural sunlight.
However, I don’t always feel like watching a movie in natural sunlight. For this feature, F.lux has a “Movie Mode”. If I’m feeling kinda dangerous, I’ll turn F.lux off. This is best for movies that feature a lot of darkness. F.lux’s disable mode is set for an hour. Of course, you can keep disabling it, but it’ll come back on after an hour of you watching something.
F.lux does have another cool feature where you can “Disable for Current App” so anytime you watch a movie, it’ll automatically turn off. It also has a feature where you can disable it for all full-screen applications, but I don’t like doing that. The point is that you have options to customize your F.lux experience.
F.lux is really easy to use and set. I’ve not given it much thought since I downloaded it, except the other day when it requested to update the software.
Anyway, F.lux has helped me manage my time better, go to bed earlier, have healthier eyes, and to be aware of the time. When you have a bright screen, that screen is timeless. When you have F.lux, there is a time, and you live according to it, more in line with your circadian rhythm.
You can download F.lux for either Windows or Mac here. Give it a try for a few days and see if you notice a difference—you might never go back to blue!