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PART THREE - A: THE BEST CIRCADIAN NIGHTTIME ENVIRONMENT

Learn how your ambient environment programs your circadian rhythm at night.

Summary:

  • Circadian disruption leads to “worse than drunk” performance, according to the Navy1

  • Circadian disruption is associated with all different mood disorders2

  • The circadian rhythm ties our biology to the seasons3

  • Chronotype varies on a population-basis based on the time of sunrise4

  • Using artificial light unnaturally condenses sleep; polyphasic sleep is the natural sleep pattern for varying lighting conditions5

  • Polyphasic sleep, spending longer time in bed and darkness, may be more realistic for new mothers to aspire to

  • As much as we celebrate “night owls”, as a culture, darkness is associated with bad, evil, etc.

  • LEDs have made evening brightness an even bigger problem for sleep and circadian rhythms6

  • Bright lights stimulate cortisol release to make us more alert by activating every system in the body7

  • The broad effects of cortisol can affect different people differently8

  • Activity: LIGHTING INVENTORY

  • Different kinds of lightbulbs have different effects on the circadian rhythm

  • Blue- and green- enric…

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Nikko Kennedy