WAYS IN WHICH LIGHT CAN AFFECT EMOTIONS

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Different kinds of light can have a tangible effect on emotional health and well-being. Here are some different types and their effects on your emotions.

Blue light can make you feel energetic:- Exposure to blue light can actually give an energy boost and make you feel more alert during the day. A recent study found that blue light exposure resulted in increased productivity among its participants. They were able to complete cognitive tasks when compared to participants in the study’s control group. What’s more is that blue light exposure was found to heighten cognitive ability in participants for a full half hour after they were no longer exposed to it. Smartphones, tablets and laptops all emit blue light, so it’s advisable not to use any of these devices at least an hour before you go to bed. Blue light exposure at night can cause numerous side effects, from impaired judgment to heightened stress and even higher blood pressure.

Natural light can stave off depression:- People with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) experience depression during the fall and winter months because t heir serotonin level drop when there’s less sunlight. Even if you don’t have SAD, less exposure to sunlight can also mess with your melatonin levels and circadian rhythm, causing you to become sleep-deprived and grumpy. To maximize your home’s natural light and keep your serotonin levels up, position mirrors next to or across from windows to bring in sunlight and clean your windows to let the most sunlight through.

Light can affect your appetite: Light even has a bearing on your appetite and eating habits. It can affect the amount you eat, what you desire to eat and even how you perceive flavor. As a general rule, eating in a restaurant with soft dim, lighting will result in you eating both less and slower. Darker restaurants, however, increase the likelihood of a diner ordering an unhealthy dish. Researchers think that this down to softer lighting making you feel less alert and more relaxed, making you think less about your food selection but it also means that you’ll probably eat your meal at a more leisurely pace instead of devouring it.

We may experience both positive and negative emotions more intensely under brighter lights.

 

 

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