Artificial lighting and health
Once upon a time, the sun was the main source of light, and people spent their evenings in relative darkness. Now we spend most of the day in well-lit offices, afternoons inside shops and shopping malls, and evenings in lighted houses. Additionally, we are exposed to blue light emitted by electrical devices that we use daily, if not constantly.
Artificial light consists of visible light as well as some ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) rays. Light emission levels can be harmful to health and disrupt the human biological clock and the endocrine system. Ultraviolet and blue radiation have the greatest harmful potential.
What suffers is often our quality of sleep and an increasing difficulty in falling asleep. Research shows that blue light can also contribute to cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
Exposure to light stops the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that affects the circadian rhythm, and there is evidence that lower levels of melatonin may explain the link to disease. Researchers have linked sleep disturbances to an increased risk of depression, diabetes and cardiovascular problems.
How to fix it?
Expose yourself to as much natural daylight as possible, which will increase your ability to sleep at night as well as improve your mood and well-being during the day. Also, avoid looking at bright screens two to three hours before going to bed.
Most importantly, give up bright, intense light in your home.
Instead, use dim, warm light bulbs and bedside lamps. Red light has the least ability to suppress melatonin and change the circadian rhythm, which makes it the safest for our health.
Soft lighting and a relaxing space
A great way to get a soft, gentle light are salt lamps, which emit orange, relaxing light and help to clean the air. It is the perfect element for a relaxing and calming atmosphere in your home.
Besides emitting harmless and soft light, salt lamps have other benefits. Excessive electromagnetic radiation deteriorates indoor air quality and can have very negative effects on health. Salt lamps are natural ionizers, which means that they change the electric charge of the air circulating around us. They purify the air, filter dust in the room.
Lamps produce a soft light that helps de-stress, has a calming and relaxing effect, while creating a unique atmosphere. You can use them to create a unique space for meditation, yoga or mindfulness practice.
Take care of your health and create a space that supports the practice of rituals full of mindfulness.
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