iOS 9.3’s New Night Shift Feature Probably Won’t Help You Get a Better Sleep


According to a new report from MacWorld, there is no conclusive evidence that shows a mobile screens’ colour temperature is the real culprit that keeps you up at night.

In iOS 9.3, Apple added a new feature called Night Shift that will adjust the colour temperature of the display based on the time of day. Apple claims that by reducing the amount of blue colour that appears on the display you will get a better night sleep. Apple’s website explains the feature:

“Many studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. This may help you get a better night’s sleep.”

The report notes that this feature will probably have no effect on most people since the feature probably can’t remove enough blue to make a difference, if in fact the colour is the culprit. Medical researchers have found that the best way to get a better sleep is to turn off any screen two hours before your planned bed time.

Have you noticed a difference in your sleep after using Night Shift? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Nick

    Night shift has actually had drastic effects on me and I’m confident it’s not a placebo effect. I fall asleep faster and I used to get eye twitches pretty regularly that don’t happen at all anymore. One of the best features Apple has ever introduced.

  • Mr Dog

    Haven’t noticed a difference with sleep but realized how harsh/blinding the regular screen is at night. The yellowish screen is so much calmer on the eyes at night.

  • Brad Wolford

    Shut up article. If it is a step in the right direction, it is good enough. If people believe it can work, and they get a better sleep than before, it works! Enough with the contrarian article. Apple is not stating “this will help you sleep,” so don’t respond with the notion that night shift is a definitive solution. AND you misspelled “off,” so if you’re writing has any credibility, you’d have caught the error. I can’t believe this article aired, and it is more frustrating that it reached my Apple news feed.

    Thanks for publishing crap, but please don’t do it anymore. It’s annoying

  • vic

    after all that… your* :'(

  • Olley

    I agree with the researchers but using Flux on my laptop and nightshift for a while, I notice less eye strain than I had before. I always thought blue light reduction was a marketing gimmick but it really helps on my eye soreness.

  • IAN

    You sound like a Mr Know It All… Go back to bed…. you are grumpy as shit.

  • hiyel

    Apple specifically, and probably strategically says that it “may” help you, right on the setting screen of the feature. They don’t “claim” it will. So this article has nothing to stand on.

  • Makool

    Believe it or not, it does work for me, since I’m using the light is soft and I’m getting better sleep.

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  • ShaBi

    Night Shift is not helping him sleep.

  • Gage trimper

    Agree or not but the new night shift is working for me. And it’s a great step Apple took with there new iOS 9.3 update

  • James

    sounds like a Fandroid trolling… hahahaha

  • Tim

    It helps me sleep. So does f.lux. Both have made a world of difference. I don’t care what this article says.

  • Rafael

    i help me to fall asleep faster than with the blue light, for sure it works

  • Dale Ryan Leckie

    I used to be able to keep on reading/working into the morning if need be. With night shift, I can’t keep my eyes open. A life changer!!!

  • Kenneth Hime

    Yes it has helped me also. The light is so much softer on my eyes. I used to be able to read all of the News headlines, now with Night Shift I can’t stay awake. I fall asleep while reading.

  • Chris

    I can’t say it has helped me sleep better. Been using it all throughout the betas. I do however enjoy the warmer screen for night time browsing.

  • Jesse James

    It is now almost continuously on. The blue screen is beyond harsh, so yes it helps my eyes. Good enough to read your shit.

  • Brad Wolford

    Haha, awesome. Lucky for me I am not a writer, just some grumpy know it all. Except that I have never heard of Fandroid trolling. Dah well

  • Josh

    It’s always on.. like someone else already mentioned – I don’t think it’s placebo, remember it’s something we constantly use.. I could be wrong but my eyes, sleep, etc.. seem better.