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Lighting And Its Effects On Sleep

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07-015349-reasons_you_can_t_sleepCircadian Fact of the Day: Lighting And Its Effects On Sleep
By: Robert Soler, BIOS VP of Human Biological Technologies and Research

This study refers to light at night. However, light at night is only half the problem. Daytime light levels are well below what we need. BIOS lighting was designed to provided higher biological signals within comfortable lighting design parameters, making it ideal for daytime locations such as offices and schools.

Source: http://www.askmen.com/sports/health/reasons-you-can-t-sleep.html

Benefits Of Bringing Biological Lighting Into The Classroom

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Circadian Fact of the Day: Benefits Of Bringing Biological Lighting Into The Classroom
By: Robert Soler, BIOS VP of Human Biological Technologies and Research

Bringing in high amounts of biological lighting into the classroom can help students get to bed at a more appropriate time. BIOS lighting with SkyBlue™ Technology provides critical daytime cues not found in other LED lights, making it ideal for daytime applications such as in schools. Learn more about SkyBlue™ Technology here.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/12/health/student-sleep-grades-study/index.html

BIOS Lighting VP to speak at Lighting for Health and Wellness Conference in Newport Beach, CA on July 27

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Robert Soler to present on circadian lighting and its effects on the healthcare environment

BIOS Lighting, a recognized expert in the research, design and manufacturing of human centric and agricultural LED lighting solutions, today announced BIOS VP of Human Biological Research and Technologies Robert Soler will speak at Lighting for Health and Wellness Conference 2017 in Newport Beach, CA on July 27 at 4 p.m.

Soler’s presentation, entitled Spectral Design of the Healthcare Environment, will cover circadian rhythms, alertness and sleep for staff and patients, light exposure and the patient experience, and skin-based responses of light. In addition, the presentation will address criteria for visual requirements along with the effects of light exposure and how to deliver a thoughtful design that benefits both patients and staff in healthcare environments.

“My presentation will focus on what the important considerations are to everyone occupying the hospital, from short stay patients to hospital staff and personnel,” Soler said. “This includes visual assessment as well as the biological pathways.”

Prior to BIOS, Soler worked at NASA where he assisted in designing and building the first LED light for use on the International Space Station (ISS) and collaborated with scientists to use LED light for photo biological purposes in space. His years of experience as an electrical and lighting engineer have led him to become an inventor of 79 issued patents in the U.S. Soler has also authored several published papers on light and its use for air and water disinfection and for human health benefits, with an emphasis on its use in spaceflight applications.

Lighting for Health and Wellbeing Conference USA will be held July 27 at the Newport Beach Marriot Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach, CA. This one-day conference is designed to provide cutting-edge insights into the latest circadian lighting technology driving this rapidly emerging market and how to apply this knowledge in practice. Attendees include compliance directors, healthcare and office facility managers, healthcare and office facility consultants, lighting designers and specifiers, academia and office space consultants. For more information or to register, visit http://lightingforhealthandwellbeing.com/usa/.

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To Siesta Or Not To Siesta… That Is The Question

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Circadian Fact Friday – To Siesta Or Not To Siesta…That Is The Question
By: Robert Soler, BIOS VP of Human Biological Technologies and Research

Recently, we were asked about the siesta in Latin cultures, and how it relates to cognitive decline data associated with fragmented sleep. This article seems to be an appropriate answer. Keep that siesta nap to 20 minutes so that it doesn’t interfere with nighttime sleep.

Source: https://journal.thriveglobal.com/the-argentinian-workplace-trend-we-should-all-try-98da3258e513

Fixing Circadian Dysfunction

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Circadian Fact Friday – Fixing Circadian Dysfunction
By: Robert Soler, BIOS VP of Human Biological Technologies and Research

Fix circadian dysfunction with a weekend camping trip. This is done through proper delineation of day versus night. This winter study, combined with a previous summer study shows the capacity of our rhythms to adapt to long and short days. BIOS is designed to bring critical daytime signals, not found in traditional LEDs, into your office and classroom; helping you get closer to the outdoors everyday. For more information on our technology and where to get it, click here.

**I will add a caveat of disagreement I have with the study, where this researcher places a blanket statement that states modern society makes everyone “late preferring people”. I think there are a large amount of early birds who would agree this is not exactly true.

The link provided only provides the abstract. Contact us for the full paper.

How Social Jet Lag Can Impact Your Weight

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Circadian Fact Friday – How Social Jet Lag Can Impact Your Weight
By: Robert Soler, BIOS VP of Human Biological Technologies and Research

Social Jet Lag increases your risk of obesity. Social jet lag is a condition where your internal clock and social clock are out of sync. This is due to confusion of our circadian clock brought on primarily by poor light cues, such as too little light during the day and too much at night. BIOS lighting was designed specifically to provide critical signals, not found in traditional LEDs, for enhanced daytime cues at any color temperature. Use in your office or classroom to help eliminate social jet lag. For more information on BIOS SkyBlue™ Technology, click here.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/22578422/?i=9&from=roenneberg%20T&filters=ffrft

How Circadian Rhythms Really Regulate How And When We Sleep

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Circadian Fact Friday – How Circadian Rhythms Really Regulate How And When We Sleep
By: Robert Soler, BIOS VP of Human Biological Technologies and Research

How do circadian rhythms really regulate how or when we sleep? This video details how sleep and alertness work together each day (shout out to UCSD’s Bioclock Studio). One thing that isn’t discussed here is that sleep homeostasis is regulated by sleep timing and duration, where circadian drive is primarily regulated by light timing. Because of modern society’s inappropriate delineation of day and night, these two processes become out of sync with each other and confound sleep. BIOS Lighting is designed to bring critical daytime signals, not found in typical LED lighting, into your work or school to make sure these two processes are aligned. Learn more about SkyBlue™ Technology here.

Mammalian Genetic Expression and Circadian Rhythmicity

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Circadian Fact of the Day: Mammalian Genetic Expression and Circadian Rhythmicity
By: Robert Soler, BIOS VP of Human Biological Technologies and Research

Fourty-three percent of mammalian genetic expression is found to have circadian rhythmicity. Circadian lighting is so much more than just melatonin and productivity, and the light pathway is the key to keeping the master clock in sync. However, interior lighting is sending poor daytime signals, making our master clock’s confused and leading to potential health consequences. BIOS lighting with SkyBlue™ Technology provides critical daytime cues not found in other LED lights, making it ideal for daytime applications such as offices and school. Learn more about SkyBlue™ Technology here.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25349387

What’s your chronotype?

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Circadian Fact of the Day: Chronotype
By: Robert Soler, BIOS VP of Human Biological Technologies and Research

Chronotype refers to our self-selected preference for sleep and wake time. Age and sex can predict what these preferences are. New data reveals the amount of time you spend outdoors can also impact these preferences. BIOS lighting is designed to bring critical daytime cues into your workplace or school, to help your body feel like it’s been outside more. We do it in a color temperature you actually want to have inside. Learn more about BIOS SkyBlue™ Technology here.

Find out your chronotype: https://www.bioinfo.mpg.de/mctq/core_work_life/core/introduction.jsp

See how you compare to rest of the world: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/18419286/?i=29&from=chronotype%20roenneberg