The eyes are the window to how well we slept last night.
That’s how the saying goes, isn't it? Well it should be. You can tell by looking at my eyes how successful my sleep was the night before.
Bright and sparkly? Well-rested!
Red and slightly scary? Not so good.
Burning eyeballs are also the first tell-tale sign that I got less than 6.5 hours of shut-eye, which is my minimum to function happily. When my eyes sting like crazy all day long, I know I didn’t get enough sleep.
As it turns out, the eyes do have it, so I was pretty excited when I was approached by TrueDark to try their daytime sleephacking glasses.
I’ve heard of blue-blockers, but admit I’ve never tried them myself. I started with the Daywalkers, a yellow-lensed pair of glasses that are meant to be worn indoors during daylight hours. The lenses filter out artificial blue “junk” light that most man-made light sources display. I didn’t have any doubts about their ability to block out junk light, but I admit, I was expecting a cheap plastic pair of star-trek-next-generation-style frames that I would be embarrassed to wear in front of other people, or my pets. To my surprise, the glasses are great quality, comfortable to wear, and have a flat metal frame that’s surprisingly stylish!
My pair of Daywalkers are called Daywalker Elite, and upon further research (which means I went sneaking around their website) I discovered there are other styles as well - Daywalker Classic (which are sleek and sporty looking), Daywalker Elan (the “geeky chic” pair that remind me of something my favorite hipsters would wear and look great in), Daywalker Fitovers (which are worn over prescription glasses), and the Kids Daywalker Classic (a pair for kids! Brilliant!)
Daywalkers are designed to filter out the harshest blue light wavelengths emitted by LEDs, electronics, smartphones, tablets and computers. (The light I fondly refer to as “the blue light of death.”) Wearing them casts a very subtle yellow tint which wasn’t very noticeable, and once they were on, I forgot I was wearing them. It was only as I took them off that I noticed how well they were working. There’s no other way to describe it besides, “AARGH! MY EYES! MAKE IT STOPP!!
TrueDark glasses optimize exposure to harmful light and help to reset your circadian rhythm. Biohacked calls them “noise-cancelling headphones for your eyes.”
IF YOU LIKE SCIENCE
They also go on to explain the science behind their Daywalkers:
While some blue light during the day is good for you, certain wavelengths disrupt your circadian rhythm. Whether you’re using a computer, watching TV or walking outside, junk light is impacting your performance both inside and outside. TrueDark Daywalkers will help you find the right balance of blue light exposure from artificial light sources.
WHAT MAKES DAYWALKERS SPECIAL?
The difference between TrueDark and other glasses that block blue light? Traditional blue blockers block all blue light, and our bodies actually require some of it to function properly. AND you won’t look like you’re on your way to a Star Trek convention while wearing them. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Hey, live long and prosper, buddy!) If I can protect my eyes while spending hours on my laptop AND look cute at the same time, I’m a fan for life.
Speaking of hours on my laptop, I’m not over-exaggerating when I say I spend many hours hunkered down in front of a 15.4” computer screen in the early evening, designing and editing and writing. I can wear my Daywalkers while doing all of this, and a habit that started out as, “I should put those glasses on if I’m going to write a review” quickly turned into, “I have work to do, where are my Daywalkers?”
In fact, I’m wearing them as I write this. (Photo for proof.)
SHOP FOR DAYWALKERS
You can shop for your perfect Daywalker style and fit HERE, and the pair I’m wearing in the above picture, Daywalker Elite, can be found HERE. With a 90-Day Love ‘em or return ‘em policy, and free shipping within the United States, you’re all set!
Check out all TrueDark styles OVER HERE.