How could we improve Pillow?

Add custom color options to Phone and Watch apps

Currently the phone app displays a purple gradient background. The watch app also displays the labels and icons in a vivid purple color.

Studies have shown that blue/violet light can suppress melatonin production, delaying the onset of restful sleep. Adding custom color options, or at the minimum a red color option may help improve user experience and reduce the potentially damaging effect to the user's sleep.

Relevant study:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2831986/

"In one experiment, Kunz showed that exposing healthy subjects to 30 minutes of 500 lux polychromatic blue light an hour before bedtime, in their natural home environment, delayed the onset of rapid eye movement sleep by 30 minutes."

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    Trevor shared this idea  ·   ·  Admin →
    declined  ·  AdminNeybox (Admin, Neybox) responded  · 

    Hello,

    Thank you for sharing this. The blue light emitted by screens can potentially affect the sleep quality as the study suggests. However custom colour options cannot improve this:

    The blue light can potentially affect sleep only after 30 minutes of exposure. The ideal thing to do is to avoid screen time at least 30 min before bedtime. Opening Pillow right before sleep for a few seconds just to start a session will have zero effect on your sleep quality regardless of the colour scheme.

    If you still want to use your iPhone at bedtime, we recommend that you enable “Night Shift” mode that is available in iOS or use special glasses that reduce the blue light emitted by screens. Due to the way LED screens work, blue light will still be emitted from the backlight of the panel even if the screen is fully black. Only OLED screens emit no light at all when no colour is selected.

    Thank you for your understanding.

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      • Trevor commented  · 

        What are the thoughts on enabling custom color options simply for user preference?

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