Natural day light / full spectrum light. We all need it, we all get some exposure but do we even know why it so important? Some when questioned might be aware that this form of light is needed for vitamin D synthesis but exposure to natural light is far more important than one might think and does so much for our health and well being.
Natural daylight has a bearing on us physically, nutritionally and mentally. It’s well documented that reduced exposure to daylight can cause Seasonal Affective Disorder (Winter depression) commonly termed SAD. This affects people in the winter when our exposure to natural light is at a minimum. With so many of us stuck in front of a computer screen for many hours of the day this reduces our exposure to daylight especially when there is a shortage of natural light from windows in the room. This inadequate exposure to daylight results in us being less efficient at work and has many other negative effects too. It is a shocking statistic but in industrialised countries around the world some people can spending a shocking 23 hours indoors.
I work from home and find that even in the summer due to the long hours that I work I don’t necessarily get as much exposure to natural light as I would like. I go from the house to the gym or supermarket. I walk outside briefly when I go on the school run but realistically I should be spending more time in natural daylight as I wear a high factor suncream which will decrease my full spectrum light exposure as do windshields and sunglasses. If only there were more hours in the day to get out more – I already have Duracell bunny levels of energy that’s for sure so already squeeze in loads. Artificial light doesn’t contain the full spectrum of light and can affect absorption of nutrients. In order to absorb calcium and other nutrients we need vitamin D to be synthesised by our bodies during exposure to UV light.
In the summer we are exposed to much more light and as a result feel happier for it although again those in offices and rooms without many windows get far less exposure.
Sunlight contains a whole spectrum of colours but when seen by the human eye it appears white. One of the colours in the spectrum – blue light is very important to us. As I mentioned blue light stimulates serotonin production
it also stimulates the production of cortisol for catalysing body functions and make us awake, alert and active.
(Needlite ™ is designed to be your daily source of energy and sends natural blue light
to the correct part of your retina – back of your eye while you work.)
There is a try option on their site giving prospective buyers the opportunity to try the light out before committing. That’s a great idea as at £350 it’s not a cheap product but then it is something that will benefit your health greatly and also improve the lighting in your work space. If you do decide to buy these it’s also important to note the product comes with 2 years warranty. Plus they have undergone numerous drop tests to ensure that they can withstand being knocked over onto the table and floor making them pretty child proof although I don’t want to test this out unless I have another set first as I love these. How fun would it be to let the kids loose with them though!
See the lights in action here:
Do you get enough exposure to white light?
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