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8/9/2017 0 Comments
Today we were discussing kids and technology, and the issue of teenage sleep being disrupted by technology. In particular, the discussion was around the impact of screen brightness on sleep.
Melbourne psychologist Tena Davies writes about this in her blog article: Night time technology use and sleep.
A key suggestion Tena makes is to be sure that all iPhones and iPads in your household use a feature called 'Night Shift' at night.
The Night Shift feature changes the colour spectrum of your iPhone's/iPad's screen to a warmer, less blue 'temperature'.
It is not just teenagers who benefit from using this feature.
I had a client recently who told me she had found she could not read at night on her iPad because of the impact the device's light had on her sleep pattern. She would find herself waking up very shortly after falling asleep.
After showing her the Night Shift feature, she was able to once again use her iPad for reading at night - it made all the difference!
Once you have used the Night Shift feature at night, you will be amazed at how bright the screen looks when it is not in Night Shift mode.
Setting up Night Shift on your iPad and iPhone
Night Shift can be set up to turn itself on and off according to a schedule.
This is done in Settings -> Display and Brightness -> Night Shift.
Slide the Scheduled setting to On (green), then set the from and to time that you would like Night Shift to start and end.
You can also adjust the Colour Temperature slider if needed. I just leave mine at the 'maximum warmth' setting. You can see in the image above the difference in the screen lighting.
Night Shift can also be manually turned on and off at any time during the day from the Control Centre (accessed by swiping up from below the bottom of the screen).
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