Illuminating a room with just the right accent lamps, natural light and functional lighting is the number one key to a beautiful interior. And no one can argue the mental and emotional benefits of getting a good dose of vitamin D from a day in the sun.
But did you know that getting too much unnatural light can actually have some pretty serious adverse health effects?
Yikes! So, how is that possible?
Let’s take a look:
1) Headaches Caused by Over-Illumination
It’s probably not a surprise to you that headaches can be caused by over-exposure to light. People who experience migraines know this all too well. When exposed to too much unnatural light, especially bright fluorescents, photosensitive cells in the eye trigger over-stimulation in the brain. Even though there are other factors that can trigger migraines, remaining exposed to bright lights will almost always intensify the pain.
2) Hypertension Caused by Over-Illumination
Too much light, especially at inappropriate times of the day disrupts your circadian rhythms, as well as melatonin production. Both of these unbalances can lead to high blood pressure, as well as a slew of other health problems.
3) Insomnia Caused by Over-Illumination
Over-exposure to unnatural lighting is one of the main causes for insomnia, for a couple of reasons. First of all, an interruption in production of the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin, can make it difficult for you to get your beauty sleep. Secondly, because of the over-stimulation bright lights cause in the brain, shutting it down to a relaxing state can be nearly impossible.
4) Fatigue Caused by Over-Illumination
Fatigue is basically a symptom of stress going on inside your body. The fact that exposure to too much light can cause chaos inside the body contributes to the symptoms of fatigue you may feel throughout the day. When both your circadian rhythms and melatonin balances are off, your fatigue could be severe. Not to mention the fact that you could be missing some much needed sleep due to insomnia!
5) Anxiety Caused by Over-Illumination
As stated above, over-exposure to unnatural light sources can cause hormone imbalances and disrupted heart rhythms. Along with fatigue and insomnia, your body and mind can experience severe anxiety.
The solutions are simple:
- Turn the lights off during the day, at times when natural light is available.
- Use dim light sources at night, such as SnapPower Guidelights. These will provide functionality in dark rooms and hallways without over-lighting the space.
- Steer clear of fluorescent lighting in the home whenever possible.
- Use low-wattage light bulbs in most light sources.
In order to understand the adverse health effects of over-exposure to light, you must first understand how hormone balance, sleep patterns, relaxation, and healthy heart rhythms are all intertwined. To disrupt even one aspect of your body’s environment can have an adverse effect on the others.
Keeping your body balanced is the key to a healthy physical and emotional state. Don’t let something that’s easily remedied keep you from experiencing the life you deserve!