Shedding Some Light on the Subject – How Lighting Can Affect Your Health and Wellbeing

Oct 22, 2018 by

Tired woman in bed with smartphone, low light

There has been an enormous amount of research into the effects of light on health. By now, most people will have heard of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), which is a clinical illness believed to be caused by under-exposure to natural light. Although the symptoms are pretty miserable in that they are similar to depression and anxiety, newer research is beginning to correlate a lack of light with physical illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and even cancer.

A Complex Problem…

At the most basic level, light is required to maintain something called the Circadian Rhythm – this is essentially a clinical term for waking up when it becomes light, and falling asleep when it starts to get dark. Modern life has introduced lots of new ways to interrupt the Circadian Rhythm – TVs, mobile phones and fluorescent lighting can all play havoc with your natural sleep pattern. At best, this can lead to poor sleep, difficulty concentrating and hormonal disorders. Most physicians recommend turning off all electronic equipment (phones, TVs and other screens) an hour before you plan to sleep to give your body the best chance of settling into a state that will allow you to drop off.

The good news is that modern technology has also given us a myriad of ways to combat low light levels – whether you simply suffer through winter, or your work or home environment has restricted light, there is almost certainly a solution.

…A Simple Solution

“This inviting, warm bedroom suite offers rest for the weary. The bed is covered by a down comforter and throw pillows. The warmth of the room is accentuated by the coolness of the outdoors, seen through the windows above the bed.”

Mood lighting isn’t just an interior design feature – it can have proven benefits on your health and wellbeing. Realistically, you should be aiming for brighter lighting in the morning, and more subtle, soothing lighting in the evening.

You can achieve a morning light effect in a number of ways, but the easiest method is to purchase what are commonly known as Daylight Bulbs. Specifically designed to mimic natural light sources, they do not emit the harsh, electric light that we associate with fluorescent tubes and old-fashioned light bulbs. There is much evidence to show that this type of lighting has a positive impact on mood disorders, feelings of stress and anxiety and can even help to reduce headaches.

In the evening, you really need to achieve a softer effect to prepare your body for sleep. There are many ways to do this, with one of the most popular options being the installation of dimmer switches. However, you can achieve similar effects by clever use of lampshades, small LED strips, back-lighting or small table lamps to achieve a cosy, welcoming atmosphere that invites rest and sleep. With these voucher codes from Matalan you should be able to find a lighting solution that suits you, your home and your budget and helps you to restore the balance in your natural sleep pattern.

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