5 ways to prioritise your exposure to light

18 May 2021

1- Start your day brightly

Morning light is crucial to feeling energised throughout the day. Exposure to bright and natural light in the mornings will activate your circadian system and start a cascade of events that are happening within our bodies. Starting the day right is useful for those who feel slow and tired when they first wake up.

2- Set your workspace around light

Research has long shown that light can improve alertness and cognitive performance. Placing the table by the window and having good lights around will help you boost productivity during work hours.

3- Counter mid-afternoon energy slump with light

Feeling sleepy and out of energy after lunch? Getting more light in the afternoon will help you avoid the midday slump. A short walk outdoors is a great trick for those who struggle with low energy levels during the day.

4- Create light habits that demarcate the end of your workday

Change the light around you to warmer shades of colour once you finish your workday. At this point, the body no longer needs the stimulation it receives from light. The warmer shades of colour will also create a cosy atmosphere at home.

5- Use light to wind down before bed

A few hours before bedtime are crucial for a restful night’s sleep. Research has shown how light can influence sleep hormone melatonin production and negatively interfere with sleep. Remember to dim the lights and avoid screen-time 2 hours before bedtime.

Implementing these 5 tips to one’s daily routine might seem like a strenuous task. Start by selecting one from the list above—ideally, the one that’s most feasible for your busy life and feels most enjoyable. Do it consistently for at least a month and notice its impact on your health and wellbeing.

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