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The scientific explanation behind our body’s interaction with light is, when eyes receive light from the sun, the brain’s pineal gland production of melatonin is inhibited and the hormones produced keep the human awake. When the eyes do not receive light, melatonin is produced in the pineal gland in which humans feel more relaxed.
With that in mind, setting the right lighting at the right time could help you improve your sleeping and waking up process throughout the day!
Starting from the waking-up light, the aim is to increase the light intensity gradually, while also changing the hue from red to a cooler color, mimicking a sunrise. This lighting could help bring you into a lighter phase of sleep. The reasoning behind is, when you wake up in a lighter phase of sleep, not only it’s easier to wake up, but you will also feel rested, energetic, and bright.
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Meanwhile, for sleeping light, the aim is to reduce light level in the evening to help you get better sleep. With gradually dimming down the light level in the night, and avoid the use of screens in bed before sleep, will help you get better sleeping quality. The reason why to avoid too much light source, especially blue light emitted by your screen, is because it suppresses the release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, and makes it more difficult to fall asleep.
You can achieve this wake-up and sleep light function by using a special light with a built in alarm and clock, or by using smart light that has been programmed to function as a sleep and wake up light. Now that you know what it takes to set your sleep and wake up light, it’s up to you to implement them in your house!
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