The Importance of Morning Light
The Dreamers Company wants to help you get your best night’s sleep. Good sleep is the foundation of great health, so we designed the DreamTech Sleep Lens. Our sleep glasses block 99.9% of artificial blue and green light allowing your body to naturally produce the sleep hormone melatonin.
If you are someone who has meticulously built a nighttime ritual and feels they have done everything they can to take control of their sleep hygiene but still struggle to get a full night’s sleep, the solution may lie in the daytime hours. Light and darkness follow a diurnal pattern and the same can be said for our body’s natural cravings. At night, in the absence of light, our body wants to produce the sleep hormone melatonin and suppress production of the alertness hormone cortisol. In the morning, however, you want the opposite. This is the basis of our natural circadian rhythm.
THE BENEFITS OF MORNING LIGHT
We associate the color yellow with the Sun, but the Sun emits a full spectrum of light, including powerful bright blue wavelengths. When your eyes are exposed to this light a signal is sent to your brain to stop producing the sleep hormone melatonin and start boosting the alertness hormone to energize your body and snap that morning grogginess.
Throughout the day you experience fluctuations in your core temperature. During the night, the secretion of melatonin will force your body to cool itself down by sending heat away from the core by increasing blood flow to the extremities. The morning sun can help warm your body enabling the natural thermoregulation process and aiding the production of the alertness hormone cortisol.
But above all, absorbing morning light makes us (biochemically) happy. Being exposed to an hour to an hour and half of sunlight is directly associated with a release in the happy hormone serotonin, a hormone that regulates everything from mood to digestion and is a precursor to melatonin.
Sometimes the trickiest problems have the simplest answers. Filling your room with bright morning light, timing your morning exercise to coincide with the rising sun or altering your morning routine can all help your sleeping habits. We here at Dreamers believe we all need to reclaim our right to a full night of sleep.
*Daytime melatonin and light independently affect human alertness and body temperature.
*Effect of sunlight and season on serotonin turnover in the brain
Photo credit: Matias Alonso Revelli