Posts Tagged ‘sleep’

How light affects sleep quality

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Posted by Maya Pillai.
 
If you’ve ever stared at the ceiling while your partner slept soundly beside you, you’ve probably investigated most insomnia solutions known.
 
The question then is, do you know what the impact of light is?
 
It has become increasing well researched that one of the most important external elements that affect sleep is light. Researchers have found that light controls the timing of our internal body clocks. This happens as the light sensitive cells at the back of our eyes send messages to the brain on whether it is day or night time, thereby setting our wake/sleep patterns. (more…)


What Can Pose a Greater Cancer Risk than Smoking?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Source: Psychology Today:
 
What Can Pose a Greater Cancer Risk than Smoking?
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal (online) raised questions about sleeping pills. The careful work that was done on this study demonstrates a strong link between sleeping pills and mortality (medical lingo for death), particularly from cancer.
 
…Clearly other strategies need to be looked at the provide relief for sleep. The authors say cognitive behavioral therapy is the way to go — it’s what’s called sleep hygiene. One key is getting up at the same time every day until eventually your body forces you to go to sleep earlier. Other strategies include making changes to your sleeping environment, light therapy (getting full-spectrum light early in the morning) and using relaxation strategies before sleep or upon awaking in the middle of the night.
 
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Comments: This article looks in depth at the downside of taking sleeping pills. Given they see a strong negative to taking them, we think it is right of the authors to then focus on what alternatives there are. We recommend reading this for their emphasis on the value of sleep hygiene.
 
 


Best of 2011 – Sleep

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Looking back on 2011 – another topic that seemed to be dear to many hearts was sleep, or the lack of it. While creating material on the subject of full-spectrum light we wrote about this topic a number of times.

 

The key out-take is that we need to alternate full-spectrum and dim light at the right times (ie full-spectrum during daylight hours and dim light in the evening) in order for our circadian rhythm to allow us to sleep soundly at night. (more…)


Full-Spectrum Light (issue 41)

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives. We feature some of the best here.

 

HEALTH

I’ve Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day
So, this year I am testing out full spectrum light bulbs. They are supposed to provide light rays similar to those of the sun and are (supposedly) the best thing short of medication for treating seasonal depression. It’s like a little ball of sunshine in the corner of my office!
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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 22)

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives.  We feature some of the best here.

 

HEALTH
Top 10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
Use light therapy which should elevate your mood. This is the standard treatment for SAD. Purchase special full spectrum light therapy bulbs and fixtures engineered to simulate natural light. These lights are very similar to sunlight. …

 

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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 21)

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives.  We feature some of the best here.

 

PLANTCARE
Growing vegetables indoors in winter | Make it and Mend it
If you do decide to supplement with artificial light you need to invest in proper grow bulbs that emit full spectrum light. Another reason to go for smaller containers is that you may have to rotate pots to ensure everything you’ re …

 

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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 16)

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives.  We feature some of the best here.

HOME DECORATING
Lighting Windowless Rooms | Home Lighting Advice

Complement general lighting with accent lighting like table lamps and wall sconces, to avoid a cave-like atmosphere. Try full spectrum lighting, as it mimic the sun’s natural light. A little bit of maneuvering will turn any windowless .. (more…)


Do iPads Cause Insomnia?

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

A recent (Dec 2010) article in the Epoch Times explores the relationship between light hygiene and a good nights sleep.  The article is educational reading for all those interested in how our bodies respond to light.

“Our environment is increasingly impacting our health, separating us from the natural forces that interact with our physiology to keep us well. The most pervasive forces are light and darkness. The lights we use or are exposed to at night cause the greatest disruption. (more…)


Full-Spectrum Lighting (issue 10)

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives. We feature some of the best here.

HEALTH
Want a Good Night’s Sleep? Then Never Do These Things Before Bed …

Even the tiniest bit of light in the room can disrupt your internal clock and your pineal gland’s production of melatonin and serotonin. Even the tiniest glow from your clock radio could be interfering with your sleep. This will help decrease your …. Ideally it is best to increase levels naturally with exposure to bright sunlight in the daytime (along with full spectrum fluorescent bulbs in the winter) and absolute complete darkness at night. If that isn’t possible, …

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Who’s talking about full-spectrum lighting – issue 5

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives.  We feature some of the best here.

HEALTH
Vitamin D2 vs D3 Vs Sunlight | Health News and Tips
But full spectrum lamps may be much safer than UBV light alone because full spectrum light naturally limits the total amount of vitamin D3 the skin makes in the body. Research has not been done on common full spectrum CFS lightbulbs to …
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