I’m working to make sleep a priority, but I have a problem, a big problem. My problem is I work and write at night in front of my computer and the glaring light from the screen shines around the room.
After reading about a little computer program called f.lux I decided to give it a go and installed it four days ago. I’m already a believer. Read on to find out what f.lux does.
F.lux is a tiny computer program which adapts the hue of your display to the time of day or night. F.lux, depending on the location you set, will change your screen to a warm hue matching the lights in your house in the evening, and it will change to the bright screen you’re used to using during the day.
When you install f.lux it opens on your screen, and you can select the type of light you use in your house at night. Pretty cool.
You can set the transition time to either 20 seconds, or 60 minutes. The first night I installed f.lux I switched back and forth between the 20 second and 60 minute transition. The 60 minute transition works best for me. Greg Carver from StrengthBox mentioned to me that he uses the 60 minute transition, and I understand why.
The 20 second transition seemed to change too quickly the appearance of my screen. It was unsettling. Once I stopped messing around with the transition times I settled for the 60 minute option. During the 60 minute transition, I didn’t notice the change much at all. In fact, I had to click the disable option a few times to really see the difference f.lux was making.
How can a screen hue morphing program make such a difference? Well, honestly, I don’t know. But I do know this. I’ve slept better the last two nights than I have in a very long time. Is it just my adding f.lux to my computer that did it? No, it wasn’t just f.lux. It was me taking my sleep time serious that drove to me to try f.lux. And I had no idea how my laptop was keeping me awake at night until I installed f.lux.
F.lux is only part of the solution, yet it has made an enormous difference for me. If you work at night on your computer and want better sleep, try f.lux. You’ll notice a difference.
Sleep Research – from F.lux
How much to you sleep now? Do you have any pre-sleep routines that help you get to sleep?