Feeling exhausted? Indoor light may be to blame. Because the average human is exposed to more artificial light than sunlight, our bodies are not able to receive the cues we once relied on. These cues include when it is time to wake up and when it is time to go to bed!
Naturally, melatonin should be released a few hours before bedtime, helping us to feel drowsy. But in this day and age staying up later is as simple as the flip of a switch. Reconnecting with the sun cycle allows humans to feel less drowsy during the day and teaches us how to get more energy naturally again.
When we fall out of sync with the sun, our body clock physically changes and our melatonin gets all out of whack. Because of this, artificial lighting is most likely causing you to feel exhausted throughout the day.
Designers will tell you the most important design element to consider is the lighting. Not only does lighting have the ability to change the mood of the room, but your mood as well. You may have experienced this for yourself. You can walk into a room and feel instantly cozy and at ease. Other times you may walk into a harshly lit room with buzzing lights and feel automatically tense.
How to Get More Energy Naturally
Changing the lighting in your home or office could solve all of your problems if you have been wondering how to get more energy naturally. We have all heard, “get more sunlight!” before, but for most of us, sitting outside all day is not an option when there is work to be done.
We believe you can get more energy naturally by maximizing sunlight. Therefore have as much natural light as possible pouring into your space. And then supplement sunlight with LED lighting. With LED lighting, your home or office can still possess some of the health benefits of sunlight while boosting your energy levels.
LEDs and Sunlight
The LED lighting is the closest artificial lighting can come to natural sunlight. The right LEDs can mimic the natural sunlight, helping your body clock stay in tune with the sun cycle. LED lighting used in combination with natural sunlight is the recipe for success. People who are exposed to more natural light, often sleep longer than those who do not. When you are exposed to natural lighting during the day, your body clock will get back into sync, giving you energy when you need it most.
Winding down with the sun can be just as important to your sleep cycle as getting natural light during the day. Before bed, lower the lighting in your house to promote winding down and relaxation. Winding down will send a signal to your brain that it is almost time to go to sleep. During this time, melatonin will begin to be released causing you to begin to get sleepy. Winding down is made easier with adjustable lighting fixtures.
Another protip is diming the lighting for dinner parties, making the transition from the night into your home easier and natural for your guests.
About Hånsen Lighting
At Hånsen Lighting, we strive to provide our customers with lighting systems that noticeably improve the safety and wellness of your space. Because we understand the effects of light, we find it energizing to feel the difference in a room when the lighting is revamped.