Fall weather comes later here anyway, but this summer has been a record-breaker (like in many places). And we're probably about to get whacked with an El Nino year which brings hot humid air and many storms:
Yeah, it's going to be decades, if not centuries, before we humans evolve to that point. We humans are just now barely beginning to wake up to lots of things, such as what we are discussing here. When you really think about it, you realize that we are actually still very primitive. However, we've sort of made this illusion that we're quite advanced. Think about it though! We're still quite primitive.
Anyway, I don't think it's that people aren't really paying attention, but it's that it truly doesn't bother some people as bad as others. Refer back to that Psychology Today article on the "Pupillary flutter". They talk about individuals with Autism, and, well, I have Asperger's Syndrome which today is just being called "Mild Autism". So, I'm not surprised that I have a problem with fluorescent lights and even LEDs. I'm not surprised that I strongly prefer natural light and incandescent light.
The only reason why I prefer LED lights over fluorescent though is, they're cheaper and they don't create "dirty electricity", and also that true incandescents are pretty much not worth trying to find anymore. Well, Aero-Tech has the best incandescents, but they don't make a good old-fashioned 3-way. Their only 3-way from what I can tell is a full spectrum bulb.
When I was about 12 years old (I'm 36 now), my parents had a bedroom built for me in their basement. In order to make it legal, they had to build a fire escape window. That meant digging a big window well outside next to the basement wall, and then knocking out that part of the wall and putting a window in. Prior to that, it was just a tiny window near the ceiling.
Yep, and here are some secrets toward achieving that (starting off with light, since that's the focus of this forum):
Be exposed to daylight as much as you can during the day, especially MORNING daylight.
Exercise during the day, but not too late in the evening (and don't forget that mental exercise is good too).
Don't eat unhealthy foods or drink unhealthy beverages
Wait a minimum of 3 hours after dinner before going to sleep. You want your body to be pretty much done digesting your food before you go to sleep. You almost want to feel a bit hungry when you're laying down to go to sleep, but now I'm jumping ahead. So, the greasier and fattier and unhealthier the food is, the longer it will take to digest. I had to wait up to 6 hours one time because what I ate digested just that slowly due to being so greasy and fatty. I can wait though because I don't really have anything else going on that demands me to be on a schedule. What I'm saying though is, if you must eat fried food or a bunch of pizza or fast food or just something greasy and fatty, then EAT EARLY. Give your body several hours to digest it and you will sleep better.
When you finish your dinner, begin simulating a sunset. I would say that you should begin doing this before dinner, especially since you want to be relaxed during dinner. Right? So, start using warmer and warmer and warmer light. You don't want your lighting to get in the way of your attempt to unwind and relax so that you can fall asleep easily later on.
After dinner, I would recommend using less light than what you were using for dinner, and try to use warmer-colored light than what you were using during dinner too. So, lower levels of light, and warmer colors. Look for reds, oranges and some yellows. That's what you're going for.
During the time between dinner and bedtime, try your hardest to avoid snacks or beverages because you don't want to force your body to digest food while it's sleeping. If you must have something, then keep it to just a very very very light snack with maybe 8 ounces or less of the beverage - if you have to have something to drink, that is. I can last the entire 4-5 hours that I wait between dinner and bedtime without eating or drinking ANYthing. If I can do it, then you can too. ;) So, why 8 ounces or less? The average capacity of the human bladder is about 8 ounces. Overfill it, and you will have to go to the bathroom.
In addition to using warmer and warmer colors of light (and less light), try to avoid loud sound too. Sound can be just as alerting as bright blue light. So, your entire environment should encourage total relaxation at this time of your day.
If you prefer to brush your teeth and/or shower after dinner and before bed, then do it as early as you possibly can.
Sleep in perfect, total darkness. If you have to block indicator LEDs on various things, then do so. Use electrical tape, or just whatever you can come up with. You want to have it be so dark in there that you can't tell the difference between having your eyes open and closed once they've fully adjusted (like, after you've been sleeping for a while).
Try to sleep in either perfect silence, or use a good white noise sound machine (like the classic Dohm).
Try to eliminate all distractions right before you go to bed. So, turn your phone off, turn off your landline phone's ringer, etc.
If you have to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, then try to avoid using any light. you probably know your home well enough that you can navigate it with your eyes closed. Or, prepare ahead of time and set yourself up with a dim red night light that you can use. It must be red. No blue light should be allowed in the middle of the night! So, I wouldn't even use an orange light.
When you get out of bed in the morning, expose yourself to as much daylight as possible and keep that going all day if you can.
Exercise during the day, eat healthy, and you know the rest.
This might seem like a lot to think about and remember, but I wrote all of this off the top of my head. Think about that. ;) All of this is really just one thing.
AMVA panel has odd viewing angles. In the center of the display is MUCH MUCH MUCH stronger orange, and then like a circle, everything ouside of that is more ... greenish white. I'm noticing this on the very lowest (ALT + Page Down) brightness. If I go up one, it's still there, .... gosh this looks weird!
image of my new monitor viewing angles (Woah -- I ate my post with CTRL + W, and the forum saved it!! Nice!
I'll edit that picture, it's not nearly that bad, but dark room mode shows some darker areas on the panel!
What I like, is "Dynamic Contrast". Set to 5, on "Photo mode" or Movie, or game, the screen gets REALLY dark. Much darker than my OLED Android phone. I'm not a fan of OLED because of the flicker, and minimum brightness is really bright, even in the morning. This monitor is great.
I couldn't get firefox to display FULL BLACK in youtube -- 16-235 I guess, maybe much brighter. Anyway, I didn't like the interface much either, and Palemoon looks great!
Give it a go!
I tried Pale Moon recently, but I had rendering problems on pages that I need to look at every day. I've tried them all. I used to prefer Pale Moon, but I faded away from it for some reason and today I'm glad that happened because I would have gone back to Firefox out of frustration anyway due to these rendering issues.
No, blue light is good during the daytime. The sun is very very very full of blue light. So, during the day, there's nothing wrong with using 6500K unless your eyes feel better with warmer color temperatures. However, consider lowering your monitor's brightness before using a warmer color temperature during the day.
For me, "during the day" can be in the middle of the night because I don't have a consistent day/night sleep schedule. So for me, "during the day" is simply "while I'm awake". "Night" for me can also mean, "I will be going to sleep in a couple of hours", even if it's the middle of the day and bright and sunny. I just block all incoming light, dim my room lighting as much as I can tolerate, dim my monitor as far as it will go, and I switch to the warmest color temperature that I can tolerate. An hour or two later, I"m ready for bed!