The iPhone’s Night Shift mode makes it easier to fall asleep
The majority of us are probably guilty of messing with our smartphones long after we’ve turned in for the night. It might be close to 11, but we’re still laying on our bellies, propped up by our elbows, and flipping through our smartphones like a zombie running on ‘E’ walking through an empty field.
But, unfortunately, it’s been stated time and time again that this nightly ritual can make it more difficult to fall asleep… even after you’ve put your phone to bed. As stated on the Harvard Health Publications, the blue light that your phone emits has an unnatural effect on you at night. This light suppresses the secretion of melatonin and interferes with your circadian rhythm. When this happens, your sleeping patterns will become irregular, you will struggle to fall asleep, and you might even become more at risk for health complications such as cancer and diabetes.
But, of course, Apple gets this. Apple has always been very intuitive as far as the user experience is concerned – they get what consumers want and need, even if they don’t know it. With iOS 9.3, Apple released a new feature called Night Shift mode. When you enable Night Shift mode, your phone will transition to a warmer spectrum of color that has a slight orange-red hue. This should drastically limit the blue light emitted by your phone and make it easier for you to fall asleep.
To enable this feature, go to Settings and then to Display & Brightness. Tap on Night Shift, and from this screen, you can manage how warm your screen will be when Night Shift is enabled. You can also schedule Night Shift to automatically turn on and off at the same time every day – for example, it turns on at 10 pm every night and turns off at 7 am every morning. On newer iPhones, you can manually enable Night Shift mode by pulling up the control center and tapping on the icon that looks like a moon inside a sun.