How to increase your brain power when using a computer

We all know what it’s like when staring at a computer screen for long periods of time but you might not know how much energy and brainpower it takes up looking at screens for prolonged periods.

The brain has to work overtime and means that your cognitive function is dramatically impaired. You won’t be thinking as effectively, you’re more likely to make mistakes and you’ll take much longer to complete tasks.

If getting more done quicker and more accurately is important to you, you need to read on and implement the following advice.

Most screens have what’s called a refresh rate. When you look at a screen it looks like a constant image. What’s actually happening is it is flashing thousands of times per second. Although your brain filters this out, your eyes still have to deal with this strain.

The problem is compounded with the amount of blue light that pours out of the screen. You’ve probably heard about the damage blue light does to your sleep too. The unnatural amount of blue light that is emitted from the screen messes with your brain too. It strains the eyes which reduces your brain’s ability to focus.

Luckily there is a simple solution to both of these problems.

Install the software Iris.

The free version is great and for most people that’s all you’ll need. Clicking on the link above gives you options for Mac, Windows and Linix versions. It also comes with a complete guide on how to use it. For more advanced users the pro version has a load more features.

It is worth noting that if you edit photos are use software where accurate colour correction is important you will need to turn it off when using photoshop or other application. I use the pro version, which you can set to auto turn off when certain apps open and then back on when you close them down.

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