Light design is a great way to decorate and customize the space of your bedroom. But do you know it also affects you health? Have you ever wondered what color light is best for sleep?
During 24 hours a day, the human body follows what is called a Circadian Rhythm. This is a series of processes naturally happening. It’s the rhythm the brain follows in order to get up and fall asleep. This was extremely easy centuries ago: the Circadian Rhythm followed the sun, but now our lives are full of artificial sources of light.
How can we use them to lead a healthier and more balanced life? Simply understanding the connection between light and sleep. When searching for the perfect Italian design modern light fixtures for your bedroom, keep some simple rules about color and temperature in mind.
What color light is best for sleep?
You will probably be surprised by the answer: the best color light for helping you sleep is red. Especially an orange-sunset red, warm and rich and extremely calming. This is the perfect nuance to stimulate the Circadian Rhythm, probably because it reminds us of the natural sunset (time to go to bed without artificial lights).
Research studies discovered red to be the best color light to help you sleep, because it increases production of melatonin as well as full darkness. On the other end of the spectrum, blue is the worst. Despite being a calm-inducing color on most occasions, blue is not suitable for lighting a bedroom. In fact it’s quite the opposite: blue lights throw the sleep cycle off and decreases the production of melatonin. That’s why smartphones, tablets and desktop screens, all rich in blue light, should be avoided at night.
Red has been discovered to be helpful in inducing sleep, as well as the individual’s favorite color. Of course, lighting a bedroom only in red would be difficult and confusing for other activities, but you can choose changing-color led light fixtures to help set the mood when it’s time to sleep.
What if you can’t install a colored light in your bedroom?
Even if lighting design has improved a lot in the last decades and colorful lamps are available everywhere, maybe a simpler choice would be best for your bedroom. Modern pendant lights can have a warm or cold light. You should prefer white, bright light for studying and working, while a warmer tone of yellow is best for relaxing while reading a book and preparing for bed.
Temperature is also a crucial factor in a healthier sleep cycle. In order to help creating a peaceful and soothing atmosphere, You should opt for a light color temperature below 3000K; this is the reason why Axolight, beside its standard 3000K offer, provides the possibility to produce its lighting offers in 2700K. You can also choose dimmable led lamps for maximum autonomy in creating the right light.
In this case, Orchid or Float is the right choice. Their touchpad helps you regulate the light intensity and they come in different models (floor lamps, modern and large, table lamps, wall or suspension battery lights), right for every space in your room. Manto is another Axolight solution for the perfect balance of sleep and light. Its three elements are in constant dialogue, where simple geometry meets shapeshifting and dimmable intensity.
How to create the perfect atmosphere for sleeping
After choosing the right color light that helps you sleep, changing the lamps to a lower temperature and exploring the many options of led technology, there are some other things you can do to sleep better.
- Avoid blue screen lights such as those from tv, smartphones, pc or tablets.
- If you can’t do that, use special glasses that protect the eye from the blue part of light.
- Choose acoustic lighting solutions in order to decrease noise.
- If you can’t install a new chandelier, opt for small sized lamps with an orange or yellow light to put on the nightstand.
- Block lights from outside with blackout curtains or a sleep mask.
- When needed, choose an emergency light or a kids’ lamp in bright warm colors.
All these little things will help you sleep better and have a healthier life as a whole. Remember, your interior design choices should make your house beautiful but also comfortable. This is your sanctuary, the place where you can relax and be at ease. You deserve nothing less.