Winter is on its way, whether you are ready or not. We love the beauty and tradition of holidays spent with family and friends. However, winter is coming.
We have the answer to your question if you ever wondered why you feel this way. All of us can feel the psychological effects of prolonged exposure to darkness.
There are things you can do all year to bring summertime to your home. Below are some of the many benefits of mood-enhancing lights. You can decide for yourself. You can incorporate them into your already amazing lighting scheme. Who doesn’t want their interiors doing double duty?
What is mood-enhancing lighting?
We have spoken before about the many benefits of natural sunlight. What can you do when you don’t have the luxury of long sunbathing? You may be able bring the brightness of the sun indoors with mood enhancing lights.
It sounds simple, but mood-enhancing lights mimic the sun’s bright rays. The sun’s brightness can reach nearly 100,000 lux on sunny summer days. Indoor lights, which we are most often exposed to in the winter months, only average around 100 lux. These lights, while not being able to duplicate the real thing can give you an intense 10,000 lux boost.
They are easy to use, and that’s the best part. You just need to place the light near where you are sitting – at least two feet – and then go about your day. Because of the possibility of mild side effects like eye irritation, doctors recommend that you limit how much time you spend in direct sunlight.
They help fight depression
Did you ever notice how people seem happier during the summer? Everyone seems happier when the temperature rises. Some of these relaxed attitudes may be due to how much sun we get. Mood enhancing might help you cheat the calendar.
It all comes down to melatonin. This brain chemical is naturally produced when we are exposed to darkness. It is responsible for controlling circadian rhythms or any bodily and mental changes that occur within a 24-hour period. . It can lead to depression and melancholy if there is too much. Light therapy is a method that tricks the brain’s pineal gland into producing less melatonin.
Your individual situation will determine how much light exposure you need to combat seasonal depression. Your doctor should discuss your treatment plan as factors like biological sex, preexisting conditions, and age could all impact the severity of seasonal depression.
They can reduce your cravings
It is possible that the amount of natural sunlight we get can also affect how much we eat. Consider this: What do you eat when the weather turns cooler? As the days get shorter, refreshing produce gives way to more comfort food and warmer stick-to-yourribs meals.
The melatonin influx is responsible for this shift in eating habits. An overproduction of melanin can lead to cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, an inability to exercise and a tendency toward overeating. These symptoms can lead to unexpected weight gain.
You can slow down the production of serotonin and allow regular serotonin levels return to normal. The intense cravings should start to disappear. You’ll also feel more energetic, which will help you stick to your workouts.
You will get a better night’s sleep
It’s something we’ve all experienced: When it gets dark, you wake up feeling like you’ve never slept. You spend the day in an office and by the time it gets dark, it’s already night again. It can be difficult to get up in the morning and start your day.
Guess the culprit! Again, it’s melatonin. This same chemical is responsible for controlling our circadian rhythms and sleep cycles.
Your body clocks are never able to reset after spending your day under bright florescent lighting, or in darkness. Instead, your brain is constantly flooded with melatonin and insists it is almost time for you to get a good night’s sleep. The light of the morning can reset your internal clocks, and help you get ready for the day ahead.
Interior design goes beyond aesthetics. The psychological effects of what you put in your rooms have a huge impact on how they feel. There isn’t much you can do to reduce the amount of sun that you get in winter. However, lighting can help you avoid the more damaging effects of too much sunlight. You can bring some summer home with mood-enhancing lights. Try them. You might be happier this winter.
Are you a fan of mood-enhancing lights? Do you believe they work? Have you tried them? Let us know in the comments.