How to configure Night Shift on macOS

As much as I try to keep my evenings technology free, there are times when I need to open my Macbook lid and crack on with some work.

There used to be a time when this would interfere with my sleep quality, however thanks to the introduction of Night Shift on macOS, for me, this is a thing of the past.

Using similar technology to the application f.lux, Night Shift is a feature which adjusts the hue colours of your display as the evening approaches. With your screen displaying warmer colours, suggested benefits include reduced eye-strain and improved sleep quality.

I use the Auto Sleep application on my iPhone and Apple Watch to track the quality of my sleep and I can honestly say it has improved since I configured the Night Shift feature on my Macbook.

So here is how to set it up:

  • Open System Preferences and select Displays.
  • Click on the Night Shift tab
  • Select the schedule you wish Night Shift to follow. This can be Off, Sunset to Sunrise or Custom. Sunset to Sunrise will activate Night Shift based on your location and will require enabling in Security and Privacy preferences so that your device knows where you are geographically.

  • I use Custom , with the times set from 8pm through to 7am.

  • Lastly, select the Colour Temperature. I find that having this set at the default is fine, however you may wish for the colours to be even warmer. You will need to test this to suit your own style.

Now one caveat to this feature is that I don't work on any graphics or video editing in the evening. If I did, and had a real dependancies on working with colour palettes then this would be a no-go. So it isn't for everybody.

If, however, you are in a position to use it, it would be great to hear how it works for you and if you find it has improved the quality of your sleep in any way.