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Lighting for a Better Sleep.

lights for better sleepMelatonin is a hormone in our bodies that is responsible for sleepiness. The release of melatonin sets our “internal clock” to encourage sleep, and it can be suppressed or encouraged by light colors and light intensity. Light sources with higher color temperatures reduce sleep quality compared to those with lower color temperatures, according to studies performed by the University of Connecticut. Light sources with higher intensity of artificial light can have an adverse effect on our sleep cycle.

Not surprisingly, manufacturers have begun to notice this and have started to create products with these factors in mind. Philips produces a line of “Wake Up Lights” that is a more natural alternative to alarm clocks. These lights use gradually increasing light intensity and color temperature to gently waking you up from sleep. The app f.lux reduces the “blue light” color temperature on your computer screen or smartphone to encourage less obtrusive bedtime reading (Blue lights in electronics have a stimulating effect on our bodies).

Soft, warm colored bulbs on the redder end of the color spectrum produce the best results for getting a good night’s sleep. Red or amber light doesn’t appear to suppress melatonin and sleep cycles as much as blue or white light.

So, with what we know, the best way to improve sleep and improve the production of melatonin is to limit the use of artificial lights befortoe sleeping. This can be done easily with dimmer switches, 3-way bulbs and even low wattage and red bulbs. Next, test out what method works best for you. If you’re having trouble sleeping using a high color temperature bulb, try switching it out for a warmer, softer red bulb and see if you notice a difference!

For more lighting and electrical tips contact the experts at John's Electric. 

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About John's Electric

Linn Park Fountain, Birmingham, AL

John's Electric Inc. is a family owned and operated electrical contractor business that proudly provides electrician services in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas such as Hoover, Homewood, Chelsea, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Alabaster, Trussville, and Mountain Brook. John's Electric provides residential and commercial electrical solutions at competitive rates. We have been in this line of work for 30 years, giving us not only experience but expertise as well. You can depend on us. We are a state licensed electrician (#03875) for your protection.

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Aubrey and Jeremy were awesome! I have an old house with old wiring and needed to install a new Range and above Range Microwave. They worked very hard to run new wiring to the breaker box in the basement, installed new plugs, and installed the appliances with great care.

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I called because of the great reviews, and was not disappointed. I told Aubrey what was going on and he knew right where the problem was. He communicated well when he would be here and scheduled time with the power company to shut off the main power to replace the main breaker.

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