21 10, 2017

Sleep better with natural light

2017-11-07T13:56:11+00:00

Exposure to natural light is a critical ingredient for a good night’s sleep.  Sleep is a complex process governed by many factors, but as most of us know we sleep better after a day spent outdoors.  Our daily cycles of awake/alert and recovery/rest depend upon well-defined daily cycles [...]

Sleep better with natural light 2017-11-07T13:56:11+00:00
3 10, 2017

Our internal clock governs our health and wellness

2017-10-03T14:43:18+00:00

Humans, plants and animals have internal clocks which are synchronized by the daily cycle of light and dark.  In October 2017 the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to three researchers for their work on the underlying mechanisms which govern the internal clock of living organisms.   Sir Paul [...]

Our internal clock governs our health and wellness 2017-10-03T14:43:18+00:00
22 09, 2017

Natural light is fundamentally different than artificial light

2017-09-22T17:20:00+00:00

Natural light is fundamentally different than the artificial light sources which we use in our homes, offices and schools. (1) Natural light is full spectrum, which means it contains all the colors of the rainbow, as well as wavelengths (colors) that we cannot see (infra-red and ultra violet). [...]

Natural light is fundamentally different than artificial light 2017-09-22T17:20:00+00:00
21 07, 2017

how much natural light do we need (for our health)?

2017-07-22T13:51:36+00:00

Our bodies rely on the daily cycle of natural light from bright and blue during the day to soft and warm in the evenings (and then darkness) to synchronize our circadian rhythms, and thereby regulate our health and wellness.   Insufficient light during the day leaves us feeling flat.  [...]

how much natural light do we need (for our health)? 2017-07-22T13:51:36+00:00
2 07, 2017

natural light improves student performance

2017-07-02T15:11:03+00:00

The daily cycles of natural light profoundly impact the health, wellness and academic performance of children.  Exposure to bright blue light during the day to boosts mood, alertness, concentration and energy levels.  Studies show that exposure to natural light improves student test scores, attendance and behavior.  Unfortunately artificial [...]

natural light improves student performance 2017-07-02T15:11:03+00:00
26 06, 2017

natural light for infants (and caregivers)

2017-06-26T15:08:43+00:00

Natural light underpins the health and wellness of infants and their caregivers.  As any new parent knows, babies are born without a well-developed sense of night and day, and their internal body-clocks need external cues to help establish their sleep wake/cycle.  Infants depend upon exposure to the daily [...]

natural light for infants (and caregivers) 2017-06-26T15:08:43+00:00
17 06, 2017

how our bodies sense the time of day

2017-06-17T23:56:41+00:00

In high school biology we (supposedly) learned that rods and cones are the basis of our visual system.  Quick refresher = cones are photoreceptors which see color and we have three types (red, green and blue), while rods are photoreceptors which respond to intensity and help us see [...]

how our bodies sense the time of day 2017-06-17T23:56:41+00:00