Circadian Lighting and the Rhythm of Life
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 87% of their life inside buildings. Research has shown that spending significant time under artificial lighting can have multiple adverse health effects on a person, including but not limited to migraines, eye strain, sleeping disorders, hormonal disruption, anxiety, and obesity.
A person’s “internal body clock” is regulated by circadian rhythms, which consists of 24-hour cycles that are running in the background carrying out essential functions and processes. One of the most critical and well-known circadian rhythms is the sleep-wake cycle, which is regulated by the sun’s rising and setting.
The body’s master clock receives signals from the eyes announcing whether it is daytime or nighttime. The master clock then uses that information to generate alertness during the day or trigger melatonin production at night. When a person’s circadian rhythm is balanced, the sleep-wake cycle aligns with the night/day cycle of the sun.
However, when the circadian rhythm is thrown off, it can create significant sleeping problems, including insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea. And, because many different body systems follow circadian rhythms and are synchronized with the master clock in the brain when the rhythm is off, and the body’s systems are not functioning correctly, our mental and physical health also suffers.
Artificial lighting may be sufficient to allow us to see and perform tasks. Still, research has shown that it is woefully insufficient at providing the daytime circadian light signals our bodies need. The impact of spending significant time under artificial lighting can have long-term adverse effects like low mood, fatigue, lack of concentration, and poor sleep.
Circadian lighting is the approach of using electric light to provide sufficient light signals to the brain to help reinforce the natural light/dark signals we would receive from the sun if we spent more of our time outdoors. Research has shown that our bodies need the natural “blue-sky” spectrum of light to maintain a healthy circadian rhythm that promotes healthy sleep patterns and overall well-being. BIOS SkyBlue™ lighting solutions provide the natural “sky-blue” light wavelength necessary to regulate the light/dark signals and synchronize with the master clock in the brain.
Science has proven that artificial light can be detrimental to our health. But science has also confirmed that BIOS SkyBlue™ lighting is circadian lighting that can increase a person’s energy, improve their mood and alertness, and contribute to restorative sleep and daytime productivity.
KURTZON™ and BIOS® have partnered for a brighter future by incorporating BIOS® lighting technology into KURTZON™ products designed to regulate circadian rhythm for better sleep, boost productivity, and improve physical and emotional, and mental health.