Buying orange-tinted glasses

Apr 29, 2021

I don't wear glasses. But a few months ago, I bought some orange-tinted ones anyway. They look kinda stylish and, more importantly, they block out a tonne of blue light

Wearing evening glasses for better sleep

I struggle with maintaining a consistent sleep schedule. Society's schedules are suited for morning larks but make it harder for night owls. On most nights, I can comfortably stay awake until 3 am or 4 am... but that's just not sustainable if I need to get up for work in the morning.

Insert: orange-tinted glasses.


The evidence is pretty clear: blue light disrupts sleep more than other wavelengths of light. And according to Healthline, these glasses can help:

"Studies show that when people use blue-light-blocking glasses, even in a lit room or while using an electronic device, they produce just as much melatonin as if it were dark." [1, 2]

I wear my glasses only at night to give my brain an extra reminder: "oh, the blue light is disappearing and it's getting late... let's release some melatonin and go to sleep soon".

So why not?

If you think there's a reasonable chance that using orange-tinted glasses in the evening could improve your sleep quality, why not give them a try? They're quite inexpensive (£10 to £20 on Amazon UK when I looked).

I'm aware that you can buy prescription glasses that have a blue light filter built in. Rather than being orange, the lense seems to have a blue / purple-ish tint to the lense. I'm not sure which one is more effective. Please let me know if you know more about that!