The Institute’s recommended Sleep-inducing Blue-filtering Glasses with Cutting-Edge Coaching Session (On Sale)


The Happiness Medicine Institute’s  sleep therapy workshop is one of the most important of all of our workshops. Without proper sleep, the detoxification, immune integrity and tissue repair processes can’t work well. Worse, cognitive decline as well as many other pathological conditions are promoted.


From the perspective of the way we were designed, we should live without artificial light and go to bed according to the Sun’s cycle. However, most humans (over 80 percent) and virtually all hospitals are subject to aggressive non natural lights during both the day as well as during the evening. As a result, Humanity’s circadian rhythms and hormonal secretions are quite misaligned. Any improvement in international relations and public health necessitates a social system that values restorative sleep and dream recall. A society that can’t sleep well and dream is doomed.

To contribute in meeting this above-mentioned challenge, the Happiness Medicine Institute is offering, for only 99 dollars, a pair of bleu-wave filtering melatonin-producing glasses with a 60 minutes coaching session on how to use these glasses in conjunction with other holistic restorative sleep techniques that will significantly improve if not all, then at least most of the recipient’s health problems.



In the 1980’s, blue-blocking amber-colored sunglasses  were  best known for the sight precision these glasses produced. Originally designed for the NASA space program, these glasses were first manufactured in order to help Astronauts to protect their eyes in outer space, from ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. To this end, a sunglass manufacturer developed a special design that blocked not only the UV rays but also blue rays. (1)


Exposure to artificial light is one of the most often-overlooked health risks. Our ancestors had no such risks, as they started and ended their day with the rise and fall of the sun, which synchronized perfectly with their circadian rhythm. Today, the human body is still attuned to this internal clock. In the morning, bright, blue-light-rich sunlight signals to the body that it’s time to wake up, at which point the adrenal glands start to produce en masse cortisol. At night, as the sun sets, darkness signals to the body that it’s time to sleep. As a biochemical consequence thereto, the hormone cortisol dwindles while melatonin is enhanced.

However, in most modern and less modern societies, artificial lights upset this natural process. Instead of using candles and the Sun as light, most people turn on artificial lights, from fluorescent and LED lights, to computers, televisions, tablets and smartphones, all of which expose them to varying amounts of blue light at a time of day when Nature has removed them.


Blocking blue light during the evening serves an important biological purpose, as this helps to regulate  mammilian internal clocks, thanks to which the damage to the DHA essential fat in one’s retinal pigmented epithelium can be prevented. This protection is of significance since this eye DHA fat is responsible for converting sunlight into DC electric current the body needs. Additionally blue light will increase the distance of the proteins in the respiratory electron transport chain in mammilian mitochondria making them far less efficient in producing mitochondria. Hence, the epidemics of fatigue and mental diseases that are sweeping artificially lighted societies.  In this perspective, a recent study published in Bipolar Disorders,  showed that these sleeping glasses were medically quite useful and quick to act. In this experimentation, those who wore blue-blocking orange-tinted glasses from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. for seven days had significant improvements in symptoms of mania compared to those who wore clear glasses. What’s more, the improvements began after just three nights of use. (2).

” I was surprised by the magnitude of changes and the rapid onset of improvement,” says study first author Tone Henriksen, a researcher with the University of Bergen and Valen Hospital in Norway. Even drug treatments aren’t typically known to lead to such quick and significant turnarounds, she adds. These are “knock-your-socks off results,” says Dr. James Phelps, a researcher and psychiatrist with Samaritan Health Services in Corvallis, Oregon, who wasn’t involved in the study. It’s incredibly important to find new treatments as 20 percent of people with bipolar disorder commit suicide, the highest rate for any mental illness, he adds.” (Ibid.)

These happy results are consistent with the relatively recent discovery of intrinsically photo-responsive retinal ganglion cells, which are receptors in human eyes that detect only blue light. These receptors communicate with areas of the brain linked to the control of the biological clock (hypothalamus) as well as mood and emotions (the limbic system). (3) In 2009, research published in Chronobiology International similarly found dramatic improvements in insomnia and mood in about half of bipolar patients who wore blue-blocking melatonin enhancing glasses. (4)

In terms of mechanisms of action, it is important to understand that circadian rhythms are controlled by the body’s biological “clock”,  which turns out to be a “master clock” that is located in the center of the mammilian brain and that coordinates all the body clocks so that they are in synch.

“The “master clock” consists of a group of nerve cells in the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), which contains 20,000 neurons and is located deep within the brain in the hypothalamus. Circadian rhythms control physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle such as the sleep-wake cycle, body temperature, heart rate, and the release of hormones. Our study shows that the environmental light-dark cycle is important for health. We showed that the absence of environmental rhythms leads to severe disruption of a wide variety of health parameters. (…) Health parameters that could be disrupted by a lack of environmental rhythm include pro-inflammatory activation of the immune system, muscle loss, and early signs of osteoporosis.” declared Johanna Meijer, Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. (4 bis)

The dark-light cycle can also modulate both weight and the deterioration of the musculo-skeleton system. In this perspective,  research by Northwestern scientists showed that people who received the majority of their bright light in the morning weighed less than those who were exposed to most of their bright light after 12 p.m.  Concomitant mouse studies also have shown that mice kept in constant light have altered glucose metabolism and gain weight compared to control mice.

Furthermore, studies of animals’ brain activity showed that the constant light exposure reduced the normal rhythmic patterns in the brain’s central circadian pacemaker of the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) by 70 percent.

“Strikingly, the disruption to normal light and dark patterns and the circadian rhythm led to a reduction in the animals’ skeletal muscle function as measured in standard tests of strength. Their bones showed signs of deterioration, and the animals entered a pro-inflammatory state normally observed only in the presence of pathogens or other harmful stimuli.” (4 tres and Exhibit A)


In light of the above, the evidence shows that one of the least expensive and simplest ways to protect  one’s body’s internal rhythm, and thereby support healthy sleep and a lowered risk of many chronic diseases, is to wear blue-light-blocking glasses not just at night but anytime one is exposed to artificial lights, if only because artificial light during the day (especially LED, fluorescent (CFLs) and Halogen lights) also distorts many biological and physiological processes (See the Institute’s workshop  on sleep medicine for the proof). (5)

In conjunction with clinical nutrition (6) and other holistic healing and sleeping techniques, anyone who wants to sleep well and dream with relevance should first avoid artificial bleu light, even during the day. The Institute’s melotonin glasses are of great benefit in this perspective, notably for those who can’t go to bed early in the evening and avoid artificial light. Concomittantly, the healthy sleeper needs to get enough exposure to sunlight in the morning and at mid-day so that his melatonin will flourish at night.  When one feels that he or she is forced to work on computers, the blue light blocking software like f.lux (among others), can be useful. (7)

The beauty of these melatonin-enhancing glasses is that they can filter out any source of blue-wave light.  One can even wear these glasses outdoors at night in order to avoid the harmful effects of LED streetlights, the blue light of which impedes the smooth flow of melatonin. (Exhibit B)


The Importance of Chronotherapeutics and Chronobiology for Health and Well-being

Chronotherapeutics comes from chronobiology and European naturopathic medicine. Holistic in nature, this therapy is based on techniques that take into account the health recipient’s internal clocks (ie, physical and biological rhythms, from the  sleep-wake cycle,  the body’s temperature, the heart rate, and, inter alia, the release of hormones.) in order to improve health and prevent disease.  (8)  In this perspective, to help one’s circadian system reset itself, one should get at least 10 to 15 minutes of light first thing in the morning. This will send a strong message to one’s internal clock that day has arrived and will spur the production of cortisol  as well as the cessation of melotonin secretion.  Thereafter, it is important to avoid the worse forms of artificial lights (not all artificial lights are equally nefarious), including during the day, but especially in the evening. For more on chronobiology and photo-medicine,  please see the Institute’s workshops and coaching sessions.

Christian Joubert: Director of Happiness Medicine Institute



 2.  Newsweek, July 26, 2016   See also Bipolar Disorders, May 26, 2016

3  Newsweek July 26, 2016

4. Chronobiol Int. 2009 Dec;26(8):1602-12.

4 (bis).

4 (tres)

5. The pineal gland produces melatonin roughly in proportion to the contrast of bright sun exposure in the day and complete darkness at night provided the health recipient has a healthy diet and lifestyle. If  one is in an office all day long, the body will not optimize melatonin production. Bright natural sun-light is beneficial when exposure occurs during the day. On the other hand, artificial blue light should be avoided at all times, not just at night, especially the more nefarious types like the Led and compact fluroscent lights.  Exposure to full-spectrum natural light from the sun (which naturally contains some blue light) during the day is balanced with red light. It is beneficial and necessary for resetting one’s internal clock.

6. Antioxidants May Help Protect one’s Eyes From Blue Light Exposure. In this realm, Zeaxanthin is an antioxidant carotenoid found in the human retina, but it cannot be made by the body. As a consequence, it must come from food. Other illustration, Lutein, another caratonoid, is found in  macular pigment, which helps protect one’s central vision and aids in blue light absorption. Both zeaxanthin and lutein are also found in high concentrations in the macula lutea — the small central part of your retina responsible for detailed central vision. Together, they’re believed to serve two primary roles: To absorb excess photon energy. And to quench free-radicals before they damage one’s lipid membranes. As noted in a white paper: “Together, lutein and the zeaxanthin isomers absorb a broader spectrum of high-energy blue light, which offers greater protection of retinal tissue.” (Source) Lutein and zeaxanthin are primarily found in green leafy vegetables, with kale and (cooked) spinach topping the list of lutein-rich foods. These nutrients can also be found in orange- and yellow-colored fruits and vegetables. (The word lutein actually comes from the Latin word “luteus,” which means “yellow.”). Source

7. If using a computer or smart phone,  one should install blue-light-blocking software like f.lux, which automatically alters the color temperature of your screen as the day goes on, pulling out the blue wavelengths.  However, the dangers of artificial blue light in the day is not taken in consideration with this technology, so this program only comes on at sunset.  Regarding nefarious artificial lights, the American Medical Association (AMA) has given some warnings. At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA), the AMA issued new guidance for communities on how to “reduce the harmful human and environmental effects of high-intensity [LED] street lighting.” AMA Board Member Dr. Maya A. Babu said in a news release, “Despite the energy efficiency benefits, some LED lights are harmful when used as street lighting.” The guidance focused on high-intensity LED lighting, which emits a large amount of blue light and appears white to the naked eye. Risks noted by the AMA include risks to nighttime drivers, including:  Worse nighttime glare than conventional lighting. Discomfort and disability caused by the intense lighting may “decrease visual acuity and safety, resulting in concerns and creating a road hazard”. The AMA also pointed out that blue-rich LED streetlights operate at a wavelength that adversely suppresses melatonin at night — far more so even than other types of light. The AMA noted white LED lights “have a five times greater impact” on circadian sleep rhythms than conventional street lamps. This, in turn, may lead to problems with sleep and related conditions. They cited “recent large surveys” that found brighter nighttime light in communities is linked with: Reduced sleep times, Dissatisfaction with sleep quality, Excessive sleepiness,  Impaired daytime functioning and Obesity. (See: American Medical Association June 14, 2016).

8.  See, inter alia,  this study in Current Biology  When mice were exposed to continuous artificial light for five months, it led to many adverse effects on their health, including pro-inflammatory activation of the immune system, muscle loss and signs of osteoporosis. Importantly, when the natural light-dark cycle was restored, the mice rapidly returned to normal within a period of two weeks. The researchers noted, “These findings strongly suggest that a disrupted circadian rhythm reversibly induces detrimental effects on multiple biological processes.” (Ibid and Exhibit A).


“Circadian rhythms are deeply rooted in the biology of virtually all organisms. The pervasive use of artificial lighting in modern society disrupts circadian rhythms and can be detrimental to our health. To investigate the relationship between disrupting circadian rhythmicity and disease, we exposed mice to continuous light (LL) for 24 weeks and measured several major health parameters. Long-term neuronal recordings revealed that 24 weeks of LL reduced rhythmicity in the central circadian pacemaker of the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) by 70%. Strikingly, LL exposure also reduced skeletal muscle function (forelimb grip strength, wire hanging duration, and grid hanging duration), caused trabecular bone deterioration, and induced a transient pro-inflammatory state. After the mice were returned to a standard light-dark cycle, the SCN neurons rapidly recovered their normal high-amplitude rhythm, and the aforementioned health parameters returned to normal. These findings strongly suggest that a disrupted circadian rhythm reversibly induces detrimental effects on multiple biological processes”.

Curr Biol. 2016 Jul 25;26(14):1843-53. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.05.038. Epub 2016 Jul 14.
Environmental 24-hr Cycles Are Essential for Health.
Lucassen EA1, Coomans CP1, van Putten M2, de Kreij SR1, van Genugten JH1, Sutorius RP1, de Rooij KE3, van der Velde M4, Verhoeve SL1, Smit JW5, Löwik CW4, Smits HH6, Guigas B7, Aartsma-Rus AM2, Meijer JH8.

Exhibit B

J Pineal Res. 2006 Aug;41(1):73-8.

Blue blocker glasses impede the capacity of bright light to suppress melatonin production.


Blocking morning light exposure with dark goggles can contribute to the adjustment to night work but these glasses are incompatible with driving. Recently, it was discovered that the biological clock is most sensitive to short wavelengths (blue light). Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that cutting the blue portion of the light spectrum with orange lens glasses (blue blockers) would prevent the light-induced melatonin suppression, a test broadly used as an indirect assessment of the circadian clock sensitivity. Fourteen normal subjects were exposed at night to a 60 min bright light pulse (1300 lx behind filters) between 01:00 and 02:00 hr while wearing orange lens glasses (experimental condition) or grey lens glasses (control condition). The amount of salivary melatonin change observed during the light pulse was compared with a melatonin baseline obtained the night before. Although both glasses transmitted the same illuminance (1300 lx) but at an irradiance 25% higher for the orange lens (408 microW/cm2) compared with the grey lens (327 microW/cm2), a non-significant increase of 6% (95% CI, -20% to 9%) was observed with the orange lens whereas a significant (P < 0.05) reduction of 46% (95% CI, 35-57%) was observed with the grey lens. Blue blockers represent an elegant means to prevent the light-induced melatonin suppression. Further studies are needed to show that these glasses, which are suitable for driving, could facilitate adaptation to night work.

Sasseville A, Paquet N, Sévigny J, Hébert M. Blue blocker glasses impede the capacity of bright light to suppress melatonin production. J Pineal Res. 2006;41(1):73-8.



Product Description

• Orange Lens features Spectrum Control Technology (SCT) to absorb 98%+ blue light emitted from laptops, computers, iPads etc.
• Result is additional screen contrast with sharpened details, which improves focus, reduces eye fatigue and helps inhibit vision problems like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration
• 3-position ratcheting lens inclination system and patented, adjustable-length Duoflex comfort cushioned temples for optimal screen viewing; molded-in nose bridge for long-wearing comfort
• Wrap-around uni-lens design with integral side shields offers exceptional clarity; Uvextreme anti-fog coating; easy and economical lens replacement system
• Meets the ANSI Z87+ standard and is certified to the requirements of the CSA Z94.3 standard; made in the U.S.A.

Computer Vision Syndrome [CVS] is an increasing problem, with nearly 70% of U.S. adults experiencing digital eye strain. Blue Light Blocking Computer Glasses deliver short and long term protection for your eyes. The Orange Lens features Spectrum Control Technology (SCT), which absorbs more than 98% of the blue light emitted from your laptop, computer, iPad etc. The result is additional screen contrast with sharpened details. This improves your focus and reduces eye fatigue while viewing your screen–especially in a dark environment. More importantly, it means these computer glasses can also help inhibit vision problems like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. These Blue Light Glasses also offer exceptional comfort for optimal screen viewing. Features include a 3-position ratcheting lens inclination system, adjustable-length Duoflex comfort cushioned temples, a molded-in nose bridge and wrap-around uni-lens.


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