Free Software Showcase – F.Lux
Free DSA Software F.Lux
In today’s world, most of us have a tech gadget like a smartphone, computer, tablet or an iPad. We have become accustomed to using these gadgets on a daily basis and thereby exposing ourselves to any possible side effects using them might have. One of the side effects is that the screens of these devices emit blue light. When used late at night the blue light has been shown to mess up your circadian rhythm and effect the quality of your sleep. In order to counter this, the F.lux software has been developed. The science behind this software shows that reducing the blue light, by adapting the computer screen to the lighting of your room can reduce these side effects. The f.lux software is equipped with a “f.luxometer” which measures and removes excess amount of blue light.
Effects of using your computer at night
In order to fully understand the importance of the software, it is important to understand how harmful computer screens can be to our sleep. When you use your computer at night, the levels of melatonin are substantially reduced. Melatonin is the hormone responsible for the regulation of our sleep patterns. Simply put, the light produced by the computer “fools” our brains that it’s not yet time for sleep hence the reduced melatonin production. Research shows that the level of this hormone can be reduced by up to 50 percent in some cases. This can have a big impact on the quality of your sleep.
Also when using your computer at night to respond to email or text, there is the possibility of increased tension which can lead to stress. This can be more pronounced if you are responding to serious messages that requires focus. Such as work or study related emails. Due to the stress experienced, your body produces cortisol which is a stress hormone than when spiked can also effect your sleep.
How to install F.lux software
Click here to visit the F.lux homepage. There you will find a the download. There are no redirections and the download is immediate. After downloading, you just need to go to your download folder and select it to commence the installation process.
The first step is to accept the license agreement by clicking on the accept button at the bottom of the dialogue box. The software will then extract the installation files and the system will ask you to allow the program to make changes in which case you will click ‘yes’. At this point, the software will ask you to enter your location in order to effectively match the settings of daytime and night automatically without having to input anything else.
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