There’s a lot of buzz in the media about the quality of light at the workplace, but the lighting in your home is just as important. When the sun shines through the window during the day and you switch on light therapy home products to see better, the lighting is beneficial as bodies use the sun as a natural clock. The problematic lighting often occurs after dark, when your brain winds down and prepares to sleep. By reducing the light pollution inside your home at night, your brain will thank you with improved sleep and extra energy during the day.
Indoor Light Pollution Sources and Solutions
Keep your tablet, laptop, smartphone and television off when you get in bed. According to a May 2012 article by the Harvard Medical School, the blue light that the devices emit negatively affect melatonin production more than other types of wavelengths. White light is the second worse.
The blue and white wavelengths found in many light therapy home products are great for daytime use because they mimic natural light. During the day, the light boosts your mood, helps you focus and promotes energy. After dark, the bright wavelengths have the opposite effect. In addition to affecting an individual’s circadian rhythm, blue wavelengths affect heart rate, the growth of cancer cells and mental health.
Unnecessarily Bright Lights
Special cells within the retinas process the light in your surroundings and relay information to your brain about the need to stay awake or go to sleep. Incidentally, too much bright light in the evening may keep you up longer than you want.
As the sun sets, dim the lights in your home. For example, turn off bright overhead lights and use lamps. At night, when you get up to use the bathroom, use a nightlight instead of the main lights. Research shows that red bulbs in nightlights are ideal because they interfere less with circadian rhythms.
Improper Light Direction
The way that light enters your home and illuminates a room is just as important as its intensity. Arrange lights in your bedroom so they produce a soft glow in the evening. You may do this by changing a lamp’s shade to one that directs light more efficiently. Adjust track lighting so it doesn’t shine down on your bed. If reading in bed, consider using a therapy lamp that promote sleep at night and helps you wake up in the morning, like Nature Bright’s Per2 LED Daylight Lamp.
The right curtains will also direct light appropriately. Use blackout curtains prevent outside light from entering your room at night. Then open the curtains in the morning to help you wake up. To get a similar natural lighting effect without needing to get out of bed, the Square Two lamp by Nature Bright with a built-in alarm clock wakes you with special lights that mimic the morning sun.
The light that surrounds you—whether you can see it or not—constantly communicates with your brain. Send your brain the right signals throughout the day and evening to help you sleep better and feel more rested in the morning. Visit Nature Bright to learn more about how light therapy home products can optimize your circadian rhythm and improve your health.
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