The circadian rhythm is an essential part of getting a good night’s sleep. The natural rhythm of the sun rising and setting is what causes this circadian rhythm. The body responds to light to know when to be awake and darkness to know when to go to sleep. Additionally, the body’s internal clock helps you sleep at night and know when it’s time to wake up in the morning. Surprisingly, lighting can affect your internal clock, either for the worse or for the better. LED lighting can help create a light cycle that mimics a normal day and night to help regulate your circadian rhythm and prepare the body for better sleep. Consider these LED lighting options to help you get a better night’s sleep.
LED Light Changing Bulbs
While lights during the day can be good as they can boost alertness and energy. But as the day fades to evening, white lights may cause you to be too alert, affecting your sleep patterns. Thankfully, there are special LED lights that can change color during the day to help you keep a normal circadian rhythm according to the light colors in your home.
LED Colors for Circadian Rhythm
First thing when you wake up in the morning, a normal day will begin with the sun slowly rising and bringing about more and more light. If you have a specialized LED bulb in your lights, you can set the bulb to an orange hue at around 65% brightness to mimic this morning light.
As the sun continues to rise, the day gets brighter; therefore, your LED lights can be set to about 80% brightness and to a medium to white color. When the sun is highest in the sky around midday, a blue tones color at 100% brightness will resemble this time of day. In the afternoon, change to a warm white at about 75% brightness. In the evening, a yellow-orange hue at 55% brightness is best. Finally, at night, set the color to red to orange tones at 30% brightness for a good night’s sleep.
For more information about LED bulbs and the many benefits they have, contact LED experts at US LED.