Light interferes with your circadian rhythm. Choosing the right light bulb to soothe you to sleep can actually benefit your sleep patterns and help produce melatonin. We’re all a little guilty of falling asleep with the television on. The stark, blue lighting shines through our eyelids and does more damage than good. When you stare at your screen at night, your brain tells your body to stop producing melatonin - the powerful chemical we need to help us sleep at night.
It is definitely a good idea to sleep with a nightlight, but “Disruptions to our circadian rhythm can affect weight loss, libido, mood and sleep patterns. And chronic sleep deprivation can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers.” — Dr. Michael J. Breus
New advances in LED lighting are helping provide a more soothing way to fall asleep. They provide sleepers with a new experience to drift off to sleep. Not all light bulbs are made the same
Short wavelengths of blue light interact with our melatonin receptors and can actually cause more harm than good. Drastic and quick exposure to any bright light while sleeping, before bed or upon waking up can have a drastic effect on our level of alertness.
The lesson? Stay clear or green and blue lights.
Amber Light for Sleep
Amber lighting is one of the most highly recognized methods for comfortably falling into a deep sleep. Think of amber lighting as campfire lighting with its soft ambiance. It provides just the right shade of light to help block out unnecessary blue lighting.
Amber glasses have been proven to block up to 99% of blue lighting that is known to block your body from producing melatonin. A little exposure to amber and orange light is said to benefit brain activity. So it’s almost like having a nice cup of coffee in the morning. It will wake up your photo-receptors and prepare you for a more restful and energetic day.
Give these light-bulbs a try to help improve your sleep:
Saffron Drift Light LED
For a small, $30 price tag, the Saffron Drift Light LED, helps promote sleep. Its settings actually work in your favor with its 37 minute auto-dimming feature.
In its “midnight mode”, it will completely dim over the course of the 37 minutes.
And why only 37 minutes? The manufacturers claim that 37 minutes is the average duration of a sunset and who wouldn’t want to fall asleep to a perfectly timed sunset? Each light bulb has 30,000 hours of life, so expect this one to last you quite a while.
Lighting Science Good Night LED Household Light Bulbs This light-bulb supports your bodies natural melatonin production, which is the hormone needed for a restful nights sleep.
Helps to promote a healthy circadian rhythm by assisting you in falling asleep faster, staying asleep longer, and getting a more restful night sleep
Phillips Hue Lighting System
The starter kit for Philips Hue costs about $199 and come in both white and color ambiances. These devices can link to a wireless network (even easier to use when installing).
You can choose from over 50,000 shades of white light, all from your phone. It was designed with the holistic person in mind -- someone who will both benefit from a good night's sleep and the individual who would want to switch from bright to dim lighting during the day. Their starter pack comes with 4 different colors of light bulbs so you can give each a try and experiment as to which ones provide the most benefit to your household. Try out their warm lighting to help you drift to sleep.
Choosing the right light bulb can greatly affected your sleep patterns. Each one provides you with options to choose how you best fall asleep. Warm lighting will be your go-to and give you an all over sense of calm as you fall asleep at night.