Most people don’t realize just how much light affects us. Our bodies have all sorts of hidden triggers and unusual responses associated with light, and being aware of them is a good way to control how you feel throughout the day and night.
Moreover, with the help of modern LED lights, we can take the reins and choose which colours of illumination we are exposed to. So with that in mind, let’s investigate the best hues and tones to pick if you are prone to headaches and are looking for relief.
Going green and avoiding blue
For a large number of people, migraines are an everyday reality that they have to live with, and when suffering from this severe form of headache, sensitivity to light is an inevitable side effect.
Thankfully studies have found that green light of a particular wavelength can actually minimize the intensity of migraines. Furthermore, green light can even reduce the likelihood of an intense headache occurring in the first place.
On the other hand, blue light has been shown to actually increase the influence of headaches and migraines. This means that you should avoid it where possible, steering clear of things like smartphone screens and using a blue light filter mode if your handset provides one.
Likewise when choosing evening lighting, the use of night light bulbs which do not emit blue light will both ease the impact of a headache, and also give you a better quality of sleep by not disrupting your circadian rhythm.
Considering the rest of the spectrum
So far we’ve established that green light is good for relieving headaches, and blue light is problematic in this context. But what about the rest of the colours on the spectrum of visible light?
Well, the bad news is that those who are prone to headaches will not find any relief with any other colour of light, whether that might be red, amber or pure white.
In fact, the closer you get to white light, the worse the effects will be. This is why so many migraine sufferers are advised to lay down in dark rooms to try and quell this complaint.
Managing your exposure to light
Clearly it may not be convenient to always think about the light you are exposed to, but it could be worthwhile if you do have headache issues that are getting out of hand.
As mentioned, lots of modern people are spending an excessive amount of time on their smart devices which means that blue light exposure is occurring well into the evening, outside of the daylight hours when we would normally encounter it. The same applies for any display, be it a computer monitor or a television.
As well as switching to modern LED bulbs which filter out blue light, you can change your habits to reduce screen time, particularly during the evenings, so that headaches are not brought about.
This could even help you to reconnect with those around you, whether in your household or in social situations, as the temptation to take out your phone and scroll aimlessly will be quashed in your efforts to stop headaches arising.
There are also specialist glasses lenses which offer blue light filtering that can help any migraine sufferers out there, although obviously these do not remove all of the wavelengths of visible light, so the effect is not guaranteed to work optimally for everyone.
Ultimately it is about getting to know your own body and your own rhythms, and listening to it so you can detect when a headache may be brewing, then stepping in to stop it.