May 12
2011

F.lux Helped Me Get To Sleep

Written by Travis | posted in Health | 14 Comments

Sleep better

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.


So just what is f.lux?

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.

F.lux’s 2 Transition Options

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.

F.lux Does Make A Difference

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 Resources For You

Sleep Research – from F.lux

Brain Basics – Understanding Sleep

Journalsleep.org

How much to you sleep now? Do you have any pre-sleep routines that help you get to sleep?

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Travis is a functional fitness and healthy living junkie that lives in southern Louisiana. I run this blog to give you down-to-earth advice on achieving peak health through functional fitness and healthy living. You can follow me on Twitter or contact me here.

14 Responses so far, but there is still room for yours

  1. jules says:

    just downloaded it. will keep you posted if i notice any difference after using it 😉

    • Travis says:

      Great Jules! I’m looking forward to your posts when you notice the difference.

      All the best,

      Travis

  2. Jenna says:

    I think I’m going to love this….I like how it shows you the example of what it looks like once you download it!!!

    • Travis says:

      I believe you’ll love it too. Pretty nifty little program!

      Let us know how is it goes for you Jenna.

      All the best,

      Travis

  3. jlautry says:

    I’m excited to try this! Wish it was available on the iPad! (which is what I typically use at night….)

    • Travis says:

      That would be pretty cool to have it for the iPad, a lot of people use those.

      Thank you for the comment!

      All the best,

      Travis

  4. KimBoo York says:

    *high fives you* Some here! f.lux revolutionized my sleeping patterns; I started using it about four months ago, hearing about it somewhere online during one of my late, late nights. I used to restlessly stay up surfing online until 1 or 2 in the morning, which wrecked predictable havoc with my mind the following day. I tried EVERYTHING people suggest to get to sleep earlier, but I am a grad school student and a writer so my entire day revolves around the computer. My body was exhausted by 10pm but I could never naturally fall asleep.

    I started using f.lux, thinking, “well it can’t hurt to try it” and within a week my entire sleep cycle changed. Background: when I first went paleo. it was the first time in years I slept regularly through the night, but my sleep cycle was still random. Using f.lux, I’m dead to the world by 10pm and get up every morning by five. It’s a completely different life, far more productive and healthy, and I put a lot of the responsibility for that on f.lux. I am still amazed by how much the light of the monitor was messing with my sleeping patterns!

    • Travis says:

      Kimboo,

      *high five*, and thank you for the comment! I’ve been using it only a couple day like the posts says, and it’s already changing my sleep patterns like it did you. I, too, would stay up wandering the web and wondering what the hell I was still doing awake when I knew I needed to get sleep. Though, I didn’t have grad school work to do! I can see why you were up late.

      My sleep pattern is already changing to 9 pm to 5 am, whereas I used to be (just a couple days ago) a 12 am to 4 am sort of sleeper. I’m working to keep the change. :) I get more completed in the morning than ever before, even sleeping in an hour longer. Amazing.

      All the best,

      Travis

  5. Lauren says:

    I’ve been following your LinkedIn updates for a while and have liked what I’ve seen so far so I thought I’d give this one a go…
    I haven’t been sleeping well recently so hopefully this will help get me back on track… as long as my little one doesn’t interrupt me at 3am :)

    • Travis says:

      Lauren,

      Thank you for the comment, and I’m happy you’re digging the LinkedIn updates. I would love to hear how it works for you, so please stop back by and let us know.

      All the best,

      Travis

  6. Rose says:

    I have been using F.Lux but I can’t tell if it is working. My screen looks exactly the same. Is the change visible to the eye? I can’t tell any different in my sleep either. Is there a way to tell if it is working?

    • Travis says:

      Rose,

      Once you have set your location in F.lux, it’ll change your screen. If you click the F.lux icon in the toolbar by the time and date on your screen, a small box will appear. Click the setting tab and configure. Also, you can disable it by clicking the icon, and when the F.lux box opens, click the “Disable for one hour”.

      That should do it!

      All the best,

      Travis

  7. Rose says:

    Hi Travis,
    Thank you so much for your response!
    I have done all of those things and that is why i am not sure what do do now since my screen doesn’t change at all. Nothing seems different, and it seems as bright as ever at night. How can i tell if f.lux has changed my screen? Is the change visible to the eye? I had it running for a long time (months) and never from the beginning noticed any change in my screen. i just deleted it last night and put it back on to see if that would help, but still i see nothing different in the ‘warmth’ of my screen.

    Thank you so much,
    Rose

    • Travis says:

      Rose,

      Well, you’re very welcome. :) The change is visible, so I’m unsure why it’s not working for you. Are the light settings for day and night both set for daylight perhaps?

      All the best,

      Travis

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