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How lighting in your home can affect your wellbeing

Shania Shegedyn

Many of us may not have given it much thought but the lighting in our homes might be affecting our emotional

wellbeing.The term ‘mood lighting’ wasn’t created for no reason. With studies showing that light has a dramatic

impact on our physiological and physiological wellbeing. A psychologist with online service Lysn, Elyse McNeil

gives us some ideas on how to look at lighting choices with our wellbeing in mind.

Armelle Habib

1. Bring in the natural light

Natural sunlight has been shown to make humans happier so try to incorporate this concept into your home.

Natural light can help reduce symptoms of depression, and lets our bodies adjust to our natural circadian

rhythms which helps us to know when to stay alert and when to sleep. Make use of windows in your home by

keeping blinds open where possible and letting some natural air and light in, particularly in the morning.


2. Implement mood lighting

Studies have shown that levels of light can have an effect on various elements of our lives. Brighter lighting can

heighten emotions and make us feel eager to be at home and darker lighting can have the opposite effect (if it’s

like that all the time). Use darker lighting when it's time to eat - Softer, dimmer lighting has an effect on our

appetites and subconsciously makes us eat slower and less, having a positive impact on our metabolism. Dimmer

lighting also allows our bodies to adjust, making us feel more relaxed and calm, ready for sleep (but we don’t want

this for our house all day)! Poor lighting can be responsible for fatigue and headaches which in turn can bring on

symptoms of depression and impact our immune systems. So where possible, implement some mood lighting into

your home where you can adjust the settings to whenever suits.

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3. Be mindful of blue light

Blue light found in digital screens light laptops, iPads, phones and TVs has been known to make humans feel

more energetic. This is ok during the day, in fact the sun actually emits some blue light too. However, be very

mindful of blue lights in your bedroom because this can have a huge impact on your ability to sleep, which in

turn can impact your emotional wellbeing. People who are suffering from a lack of sleep can feel the effects of

any emotional turmoil much more than a well-slept person. Keep phones and TVs out of bedrooms, or if you

must, limit visibility to one hour before bedtime.

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4. Avoid excessive artificial light

Excessive artificial light from LED lights or stronger lighting options can cause rooms to feel overly bright and

make us feel nervous and anxious in the space. It can also have an impact on our sleep, with a risk of causing

insomnia. Wherever possible, avoid windowless rooms that have excessive artificial light and try to dim the

lights at night time to prepare yourself for bed.

Simon Whitbread

If all else fails says Elyse, try to squeeze in some outdoor time before work or at lunchtime so you can make use

of the natural light!