Do you use your iPhone late at night? You should use Night Shift.

Using your phone late at night can be a hard habit to break, catching up on the news before you sleep or playing your favourite game is enticing. However, the blue light which is emitted from the screen can make it harder for you to ‘drop off’ to sleep. Apple has thankfully put Night Shift mode into iOS, allowing you to tone down the blue light being emitted from your screen, making it appear a more yellow colour and making it easier to drop off to sleep.

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Night shift is easy to use and can be turned on for a scheduled time or can be switched on/off manually, as seen in the above image, there is a massive difference. Read on to find out how to set up and use Night Shift.

To activate and turn on Night Shift go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Blue Light Reduction Function. This reduces the amount of blue light the screen is emitting which will make it easier to sleep. You can switch it on manually which will enable it for the rest of the day, you can also schedule specific times if you would prefer to have it come on automatically. Scheduling it is an easy way to get yourself used to this new screen colour and function, it’ll allow for it to change automatically so you will not forget. It’s probably best not to use this mode when watching videos, due to the yellow tint the screen gets.

You can switch the Night Shift mode on and off very quickly, all by using the Control Panel. Swipe up from the bottom (or down on the iPhone X) and you will see Night Shift on its own big bar, you can turn it off and on just in case you want to watch a film in bed etc.

Using Night Shift mode may seem a bit gimmicky, it does help you fall to sleep though. If you’re having trouble sleeping, strained eyes or headaches then try this mode for a while, it helps.

The reason blue light affects our sleep is that blue light suppresses the production of melatonin more than any other type of light. It is believed that the shorter wavelengths in blue light are what causes the body to produce less melatonin because the body is more sensitive to this type of light. (Source: Live Science) Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles.

If you do suffer from sleep issues such as insomnia, try using the Night Shift function as it may help!

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