We all know we shouldn’t use our phones in bed and yet we do it anyway. From affecting our relationships with our other halves to stopping us from engaging in more enriching activities such as reading a book, there are myriad reasons we should ditch our smartphones in the bedroom – but the number one reason is that it affects our sleep.
The blue light emitted from a phone (or laptop or tablet) screen tricks our brains into thinking it’s still daytime and therefore reduces production of the sleep hormone, melatonin (it can also cause premature ageing). This is why you’ll often find it hard to drift off straight after putting your phone down.
Despite all this, the constant dinging of notifications is hard to ignore, even at night. Most phone and app companies have already realised this, implementing ‘night modes’, which darkens the screen and turns the light from blue to yellow-hued, making it easier on our eyes.
However, WhatsApp users will have noticed that this feature doesn’t carry over to the instant messaging app, making it appear especially bright in comparison to other apps. Thankfully, this is all about to change, as WhatsApp have announced that the latest function they’re adding is the option to apply a ‘dark mode’.
A spokesperson for WhatsApp stated that the new function, which will feature inverted colours designed to lessen the harmful blue light, is ‘designed to reduce eye strain in low light environments.’ They also focused on varying ‘colour and other design elements to make sure the most important information stands out,’ as they ‘wanted to help users easily focus their attention on each screen.’
So for those of us who can’t quite break up with our phones in the bedroom just yet, at least our sleep quality could be about to get that little bit better.