Rest Those Eyes

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It’s been a while since my friend Jason turned me on to Flux, and since the days are starting to get shorter I’ve been more appreciative of it recently (again). So you’re probably asking – WTF is Flux??? Flux is an application that controls your computer’s display temperature. Huh? See, different lights have different ways of affecting us. It’s why people in Alaska struggle to get good sleep in the middle of the summer – it’s daylight for like 23 hours. And since you’re all super health conscious and know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, you need to know about Flux and why you should get it!

Daylight

A sunset is much prettier than a computer screen, but a computer screen with Flux can look a little more like a sunset.

A sunset is much prettier than a computer screen, but a computer screen with Flux can look a little more like a sunset.

We are meant to be up during the day, as far as being animals and all. We are not nocturnal, no matter what you may think as individuals (I’m one of those delusional ones). Daylight temperature is around 6,500K. You can read all about color temperature here, but I’ll give you the brief story. Basically, that color temperature is on the cool and bright side. If you’ve done any looking into different bulbs in your house, then you probably know some of what I’m talking about. If you’re a photographer, then you also probably have a sense of this notion. In photography, it’s generally referred to as White Balance. With a color temperature of 6,500K we are meant to be awake. Generally, sun light varies between 5,000K-7,000K (somewhere in that neighborhood depending on direct sunlight, overcast, etc.).

Night Time

At night, our bodies should be preparing for sleep in every way possible. The warmer light bulbs we have are a step in the right direction. Most household lights are tungsten lights and carry a temperature of 2,700K-3,300K. Candle light is probably the best to getting us relaxed and ready for sleep. Its temperature is somewhere around 1,850K, which also happens to be the color temperature around dusk and dawn. I think you’re probably sensing where I’m going with this.

Enter Flux

Flux sets the temperature of your evil technological devices that care very little about how much sleep you’re getting or how good it is, to something a little more soothing. It’s quite different than the auto dimming that most computers do these days. It’s not controlling how bright your display is, but rather its color temperature. By matching your surrounding light (tungsten), or even going into candle light temperatures, you’re getting your body ready for sleep on a whole other level. And that is awesome! Just what the doctor ordered – better sleep! Ready to go get your Flux on – download it here.

It takes a little getting used to, and if you do anything which requires you to be in tune with colors, then you may want to disable it while working. But using Flux, you’ll quickly find that night time and staring at your screen is a whole lot better. I’ve worked my way to getting used to Candle light on the screen, and now when I look at anything with a higher temperature at night, it’s downright disturbing. Try it and see if you’re getting better sleep.

I almost forgot to mention the coolest part. Flux is smart. It uses your location to determine exactly when the sun is setting that day. As the sun sets, it gently changes your display temperature so that you hardly even notice (once you’re used to it of course). #GetSomeSleep

Workout of the Day 10/3/2017 – Tuesday

CrossFit

A. Speed
1 Mile Run

B. Met-Con
AMRAP 15:
8 Push Presses (115#/75#)
8 Ring Dips
8 KB Swings (2 pd/1.5 pd)

CrossFit Lite

A. Met-Con
27-21-15-9:
Calorie Row
Wall Balls (20#/14#)
KB Swings (1.5 pd/1 pd)

CrossFit 101

Skill.
Push Jerk 5 x 5

Met-Con.
4 Rounds:
10 Push Jerks
15 Wall Balls
20 Sit-Ups