Circadian Lighting Sets the Perfect Mood in Your Home
Learn How Human-Centric Lighting Improves Your Health and Well-Being
If you’ve ever slept out “in the wild” or gone camping, you probably understand how the sun affects your schedule. While roasting marshmallows around the campfire, time passes by quickly. Before you know it, you’re ready for bed – and yet, it’s much earlier than you typically go to sleep. The same is true as the sun rises in the morning. Even night owls wake up sooner on a camping trip.
That’s because the sun has a direct impact on our sleep-wake cycles. In fact, it’s natural for our bodies to want to be in sync with the sun. Unfortunately, artificial light in your Troy, MI, home disturbs your circadian rhythms – even affecting your mood and health. Now, companies like Lutron offer circadian lighting that promotes a healthier sleep-wake cycle, so you’ll start your day refreshed, feel invigorated during the day, and fall asleep peacefully and naturally. Read more in our blog below.
Why Light Affects Your Mood
If you start feeling cranky throughout an average day – after you rule out stress – it’s likely that you’re either hungry or tired. Hunger is easy to solve. Go get something to eat! But dealing with fatigue is trickier. Taking a nap isn’t always the best answer or even feasible.
Instead, the issue may be the light in your home. Most people don’t realize that home lighting affects their mood and energy levels. Light, especially artificial light, suppresses your body’s natural production of melatonin, a hormone that makes you feel sleepy. Artificial lighting sources – traditional incandescent bulbs, fluorescent bulbs, phone screens, 4K TVs, and computer screens – emit “blue” light that hinders the production of melatonin.
Spend your evening around any of these light sources, and you’ll find it harder to go to bed, or you’ll go to bed later than you should. Circadian lights are programmable and customizableto emit the correct amount of light and colorat the best time of day to work in harmony with your body’s natural rhythm.
How Circadian Lights Work
Imagine waking up as your lights slowly illuminate to ease you into your morning. Your smart lights create a gentle transition from sleep to awake to alert. That’s what happens when you have a circadian lighting control system. When it’s time to wind down in the evening, your automated human-centric lights change to soft amber hues – not cold, harsh lights. This creates a cozy atmosphere that prepares your body and mind for bed. You’ll sleep soundly and wake more refreshed with circadian lights in your home.
A Control4 smart home is perfectly integrated with your lighting control system. So, it can automatically adjust intensity and color temperature throughout the day to support a healthy sleep and wake cycle. Or, if you’d like, you can personalize your lighting system and then adjust the lights until you get it just right.
Learn how circadian lighting improveshow you live and sleep. Tech Automationprovides complete design and installation of all lighting control systems. Call us today at (248) 841-8500or visit our contact page to get started.