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About SleepSpec

How SleepSpec Came About

SleepSpec was developed by Dr Robert Daniel, a Specialist Ophthalmologist who also has training in Human Physiology and Neuroscience.By combining the understanding of normal human Neurophysiology with the knowledge of how the eye processes light, he discovered the natural switching process for sleep and waking.

What is SleepSpec?

SleepSpec is a range of scientifically engineered tools that are used to control the light in your environment, which affects your body’s natural clock. Your body’s natural clock is called the circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is the 24-hour functioning of body rhythms in which functions such as sleep, wakefulness and energy are regulated and adapted to suit different times of the day/night. In other words, it tells your body when to go to sleep and when to wake up at specific times of the day.

But how does this work? Sunlight resets your body clock every morning to wake you up and get your body ready for the day ahead. The specific light in sunlight that does this is blue light. Blue light inhibits the secretion of melatonin - the sleep molecule that controls your circadian rhythm. When the sun sets, blue light fades and so your body begins to produce melatonin. Melatonin is required for the sleeping process to naturally occur.

Blue light, however, is not just found in sunlight but is also found in artificial light - light produced by any man-made light source. Artificial light affects your circadian rhythm by telling your body to wake up (this is where troubles with sleeping begin to develop as artificial light sources, such as your electronic devices and lighting in your home, are constantly all around you).

Your circadian rhythm is being interrupted, specifically when you are exposed to blue light in the evenings, when your body is supposed to be preparing for sleep. SleepSpec prevents this from happening by blocking out blue light in the evening. This allows your body to undergo its natural sleep process, for you to have a quality night’s sleep.