Guest post by Pauline Farris
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where after hours of working or studying, your eyes start to hurt because of bad lighting? You might have been blaming other factors on your low productivity when it could have just been the bad lighting in your room! Here are some of the ways in which good lighting can help you improve the way you work as well as your mood.
You will be able to sleep better
While many of us know that sleeping with the lights on is not good for your body or sleep cycle, keep in mind that good lighting can be extremely helpful when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Bright, natural lights during the day are just as important as darkness during the night in order to get some well-deserved rest.
Getting enough sleep and sleeping on a tight schedule will help you see many different benefits in your everyday life. First of all, the less tired you are, the more productive you will be. Along with that, you will be in a better mood and you will be able to concentrate more on your work and responsibilities.
The simplest thing you can do in order to sleep better at night is to just try and get out for 20 minutes every morning, while the sun is out. Having enough light during the day in your working space will help you stay awake and continue feeling energetic and productive for the entirety of your day.
Your eyes will be less tired
When compared to other lights, blue light is the one that mimics natural sunlight the most and therefore makes your brain believe you should be alert and focused. While this might seem like it could really help you stay focused on your work, it will most likely just end up making your eyes tired. As a result, you will end up with a headache, a bad mood and feeling less productive than ever.
Blue light is emitted from the digital screens of the devices you use, like your laptop, smartphone and tablet. If you are used to working on your computer for many hours or your work demands it, you should make sure that you are either wearing glasses or using a helpful app such as F.Lux for your laptop or smartphone, which will help it emit a softer, more yellow light, depending on the time of day you are using your electronic device.
It can help you create a more productive atmosphere
As we mentioned earlier, when compared to other lights, blue light is the one that will make you feel more alert but also make your eyes tired. On the other hand though, a dim light will also strain your eyes and cause a headache, as you will have to put more effort into reading and adjusting your eyes to the different lighting between your screen, office space and outside world.
Once again in this case, natural lighting might just be the best option for you. If you are setting up your home working space or work in an office with people, it would be best to set up your desk near a window where you will be able to get all the benefits of natural lighting. If that is not possible though, you should definitely invest in getting the right light bulbs, which will help you be more energetic and focused. There are some called “Daylight” bulbs, which pretty much mimic natural daylight. In order to use these correctly, you should make sure that you place them closer to your desk, parallel to the window.
Good lighting is very important when it comes to getting enough rest and living a healthy lifestyle which will allow you to be more productive and happier. Even twenty minutes of natural sunlight a day can be enough to make a big impact on your sleep schedule and help you sleep better and feel better in the long run. Investing in a good quality light source might just help you change the way you functioned so far and it could definitely help you become more productive and positive on a day to day basis.
Pauline Farris speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian and currently she works as an interpreter for TheWordPoint. She travelled the world to immerse herself in the new cultures and learn languages. Today she is proud to be a voting member of the American Translators Association and an active participant of the Leadership Council of its Portuguese Language Division.