How to Optimize Your Light for Sleep, Energy, and an Epic Life with Andy Mant

Boomer Anderson
January 23, 2019
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Andy Mant is the Founder and CEO of BluBlox, a company who produces high-quality blue light blocking glasses. Andy and Boomer discuss the role of melanopsin, how to regulate blue light, and the role of circadian rhythms for performance.

"When the sun rises in the morning and as it actually sets in the evening, the intensity of light changes. During first sort of sunrise periods, you're going to have a very low lux light. It is probably about sort of 1800 Kelvin on the sunrise and the sunset. It's actually not really that difficult to look at and it also contains a lot yet less frequencies of invisible light like UV."

Who is Andy Mant?

Andy Mant is the founder and CEO of BLUblox, a company specializing in evidence-based advanced light filtering eyewear. Andy started BLUblox after becoming dissatisfied with the quality and standards of blue light blocking glasses available and so set about to design lenses that match the evidence in the academic literature. Andy was born in the UK and moved to Australia in 2011. After moving and about 2 years after arriving Andy’s gained a lot of weight and become chronically fatigued and lacked energy. Traditional dietary approaches only worked to a certain degree and after stumbling across light and health Andy forged a passion and niche understanding of all things light related to health. Today Andy is a leading figure in managing light to improve health and wellbeing.

Key Highlights on Optimizing Light

  • [5:27] Andy Mant's health journey
  • [9:44] How to reset your circadian rhythm
  • [12:04] The relationship between cortisol and blue light
  • [14:19] Practicing sun gazing
  • [16:09] The best resources for diving deep on circadian rhythms
  • [22:27] Melanopsin in detail
  • [25:31] Why blue light blocking glasses at night is not enough
  • [30:21] Taking a light break from work
  • [34:14] An after dark routine to optimize your sleep
  • [37:21] Reducing flicker with Iris
  • [39:01] Does it matter if the light gets in the side of the glasses?
  • [41:25] The role of melanin in needing sunglasses
  • [49:55] Testing different blue light blocking brands
  • [53:22] The question you should ask of the manufacturer of your glasses
  • [55:20] Andy answers the final four questions

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