#8 Forms and Focus Discussion on Lighting
Light greatly impacts your ability to focus. For example, certain light can disrupt the circadian system, reducing the quality of your sleep. A recent Michigan State University study has found that spending too much time in dimly lit rooms may actually change the brain’s structure and harm memory and learning abilities. On Episode #006, we talk about how to set your lighting to increase your focus.
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0:00 - Intro
1:41 - Problem - Your lighting can impact your focus.
6:40 - Solution/Habits for better focus.
SHOW NOTES FOR EPISODE #8 Forms and Focus Discussion on Lighting
- Light that disrupts the circadian system (Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle.)
- Artificial light results in light exposure at inappropriate times of day, including light at night as well as exposure to light from mobile devices, such as phones, tablet, and computers.
- As a result, there is growing concern regarding the consequences of circadian disruption and aberrant light exposure on human health, including effects on metabolism, cardiovascular function, mental health, and even cancer risk.
- A recent Michigan State University study has found that spending too much time in dimly lit rooms may actually change the brain’s structure and harm memory and learning abilities.
- Studies have also demonstrated that natural light influences health, well-being, alertness, and sleep quality. Natural light affects circadian rhythm, which dictates memory and attention.
- Making sunlight the most important source for Vitamin D production—by one study written by M. Norval, H.C. Wulf In 2009, it accounted for more than 90% for most people. Over a billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient or insufficient.
- The group with smart windows slept 37 minutes longer than the group working with blinds on the windows, and also scored 42% higher on cognitive tests around decision-making. The researchers found that smart windows have the potential to generate $352B in increased productivity in the US alone.
- Researchers at the University of Greenwich found in a two-month study that the workers they put under “blue-enriched light bulbs” reported feeling “happier, more alert and had less eye strain.
- On the other hand, since warmer tones tend to create a sense of comfort, use this kind of lighting in more intimate settings where you want workers to feel calm and relaxed, perhaps in a meeting room where you want to emit trust.
- Throughout the day, light also needs to change since space acts like a working organism, according to Felderman and Keatinge External link:open_in_new.
- Decrease Your Daytime and Nighttime Electronics Use
- Establish a Relaxing Bedtime Routine - bedroom a screen free zone.
- Take eye breaks and look out windows if you can not walk outside.
- Place your desk by a window.
- Schedule meetings/lunch breaks outside if you can.
- Blue-enriched light bulbs for the first part of your work day.
- Switch to middle tones towards the end of the day.
- When you get home, change to a warmer, yellow color
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