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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

Shifting Night Owl Tendencies

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asleep-in-classCircadian Fact of the Day: Shifting Night Owl Tendencies
By: Robert Soler, BIOS VP of Human Biological Technologies and Research

Social implications are always the challenge, however, studies show that with the proper lighting the night owl tendencies can go away. Maybe we’re taking the wrong approach by trying to make everyone conform. High amounts of daylight cues in the classroom can help shift these night owls to an earlier time. BIOS lighting technology is designed to bring those critical daytime signals, not found in typical LEDs, into the classroom.

Source: https://journal.thriveglobal.com/why-early-school-start-times-are-a-threat-to-public-health-edcae8028070

Cortisol Awakening Response – The Reason We Wake Up Around The Same Time Each Day

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

Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) is a circadian process designed to get us out of our sleep-inertia-grogginess each morning. You may notice it as your ability to wake up without an alarm clock, no matter what time you went to bed. Unfortunately, for some this comes too early, leaving them unable to sleep-in and catch up on sleep lost from a long week. For other it comes too late, leaving them feeling groggy and in search of caffeine. The reason it can come about at the wrong time is due to confusion of our clocks caused by poor daytime cues from indoor lighting. Adding the right daytime signals can help make sure your Cortisol Awakening Response comes at the RIGHT time. BIOS SkyBlue LED Technology is a simple static spectrum solution designed to provide critical daytime signals, not found in legacy LED product, ideal for the office or classroom. For more information on SkyBlue LED Technology, click here.

Source: https://www.scienceabc.com/humans/wake-roughly-time-every-morning.html

Trouble falling asleep? This could be why.

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

The reason we have trouble falling asleep at night may have less to do with melatonin suppression and more to do with the circadian process known as the “Wake Maintenance Zone”. It is a pre-electric-lighting survival mechanism designed to help us find safety prior to the onset of darkness. We are more alert and creative at this time. The reason it can come about when we want to be asleep is due to confusion of our clocks caused by poor daytime cues from indoor lighting. BIOS SkyBlue LED Technology is a simple static spectrum solution designed to provide critical daytime signals, not found in legacy LED product, ideal for the office or classroom. For more information on SkyBlue LED Technology, click here.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23585751

BIOS Lighting and Pinnacle Architectural Lighting to team up at LIGHTFAIR 2017

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Pinnacle to showcase product line Illuminated by BIOS and offer AIA accredited presentations

April 17, 2017 – BIOS Lighting, a developer and industry leading innovator of circadian and horticultural LED lighting solutions, today announced it will team up with Pinnacle Architectural Lighting to provide AIA accredited presentations during LIGHTFAIR International 2017 in Philadelphia.  The sessions, which will be offered at 10a, 12p, 2p and 4p May 9 and 10, and 9:30a on May 11 at Pinnacle’s booth #239 will focus on circadian lighting and will be presented by BIOS VP of Human Biological Research and Technologies, Robert Soler. In addition, Pinnacle will showcase several new products Illuminated by BIOS technology, including the sleek and elegant LiFT.

Pinnacle’s LiFT, now available with BIOS SkyBlue™ Technology, is designed with clean lines and harmonious proportions and provides the ability to create clusters of light in any architectural space. BIOS SkyBlue™ Technology infuses blue sky spectrum into LED light to help individuals regulate and entrain their circadian rhythm, which enables the body’s biological clock to properly operate and manage critical functions including the production of testosterone, hormones, cortisol and melatonin.

“At Pinnacle, one of our top goals was to be able to offer a true solution for Circadian Rhythm regulation,” said Chris Hammelef, President of Pinnacle Architectural Lighting. “Tunable white has been the perceived solution in the industry for so long. Now we need to educate everyone on BIOS SkyBlue™ Technology. That’s our main objective at LIGHTFAIR; to be able to educate as many influencers in the industry about our newest technological offering. BIOS is the technology for Circadian Rhythm regulation and together with Pinnacle, we’re able to offer the best solution in the Lighting Industry.”

Soler’s presentation will references peer-reviewed journals, proprietary research and real-world applications to clearly illustrate what participants should truly expect from circadian lighting. In addition, Soler will cover circadian design techniques to optimize biological impacts and provide information on real world health benefits.

“Although few truly understand the science behind it, manufacturers are pushing specifiers, designers and architects towards color tuning lights for circadian regulation,” said Soler. “My presentations at the Pinnacle booth during LIGHTFAIR will provide an excellent platform to discuss the truth about circadian lighting and, with the help of fundamental science, explain how it is not color tuning, but something much more specific to our bodies’ biological needs. It is not just for shift workers, 24-hour facilities, or elderly care. Circadian lighting is necessary for every one of us.”

LIGHTFAIR International, the world’s largest architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, will be held May 9-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This three-day conference brings light, technology and design together to reveal new solutions, knowledge and discoveries to thousands of attendees, including design, lighting, architectural, engineering, energy, facility and industry professionals from the world. For more information or to register, visit http://www.lightfair.com/V40around.

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BIOS Lighting VP to speak at LIGHTFAIR International in Philadelphia on May 11

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Robert Soler to Present the Truth about Circadian Lighting

April 11, 2017 – BIOS Lighting, a manufacturer and recognized innovator of human centric and agricultural LED lighting solutions, today announced that BIOS VP of Human Biological Research and Technologies Robert Soler will speak at LIGHTFAIR International in Philadelphia on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

Soler’s presentation will offer new and unique insight into what is currently known about circadian lighting and its effects on sleep and performance. He will reference peer-reviewed journals, proprietary research and real-world applications to clearly illustrate what participants should truly expect from circadian lighting. In addition, Soler will cover circadian design techniques to optimize biological impacts and provide information on real world health benefits. AIA credits will be offered for those participating in this lecture.

“The manufacturers are pushing specifiers, designers and architects towards color tuning lights for circadian regulation, but few truly understand the science behind it,” said Soler. “My talk focuses on the fundamental science to show how circadian lighting is not color tuning, but something much more specific to our bodies’ biological needs. It is not just for shift workers, 24-hour facilities, or elderly care. Circadian lighting is necessary for every one of us.”

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.

LIGHTFAIR International, the world’s largest architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, will be held May 9-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This three-day conference brings light, technology and design together to reveal new solutions, knowledge and discoveries to thousands of attendees, including design, lighting, architectural, engineering, energy, facility and industry professionals from the world. For more information or to register, visit http://www.lightfair.com/V40around.

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BIOS Lighting to Sponsor UC San Diego’s Center for Circadian Biology Symposium Held Feb. 15-17

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BIOS VP Available to Discuss Healthy Lighting Products with SkyBlue™ Technology

February 1, 2017 – BIOS Lighting, a manufacturer and recognized innovator of human centric and agricultural LED lighting solutions, today announced its participation as a sponsor of UC San Diego’s Center for Circadian Biology (CCB) Symposium Feb. 15-17.

At the event, BIOS Lighting VP of Human Biological Technologies and Research Robert Soler will be on hand to answer questions about BIOS Lighting’s circadian-friendly SkyBlue™ Technology which infuses blue sky spectrum into LED light to help bring back circadian rhythms.

“We’re thrilled to be invited to the Symposium,” said Soler. “Our company is deeply rooted in science which is why it is so important for us to show our support for the science community by sponsoring and participating in this.”

“At the event, I’ll be available to discuss our SkyBlue™ Technology which is driven by scientific findings first developed at NASA and engineered for astronauts at the International Space Station.”

The CCB Symposium will be held Feb. 15-17 at the Sanford Consortium Auditorium in La Jolla, California. The conference aims to provide participants with a comprehensive view of modern circadian biology as well as exchange a broad spectrum of ideas and techniques in circadian biology. For more information, visit https://ccb.ucsd.edu/activities-and-events/symposium.html.

BIOS Lighting VP to speak at Lightspace California on March 2

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Robert Soler to Present the Application of Circadian Rhythm Lighting Design

February 1, 2017 – BIOS Lighting, a manufacturer and recognized innovator of human centric and agricultural LED lighting solutions, today announced that BIOS VP Human Biological Research and Technologies Robert Soler will speak at Lightspace California in Anaheim on March 2, 2017 at 10:45 a.m.

Soler will be joined by Deborah Burnett of Benya Burnett Consultancy for a joint presentation on creativity in human-centric design and circadian rhythm (the human body clock that operates critical functions including the production of testosterone, growth hormone, cortisol and melatonin).

“Designers are under the impression that in order to incorporate this new circadian-friendly lighting technology they will be forced to sacrifice creativity in the process,” said Soler. “This is simply not the case, and Deborah and I will explain how the two are not mutually exclusive as well as discuss the application of this circadian rhythm lighting design.”

Prior to BIOS, Soler worked at Kennedy Space Center 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 73 issued patents in the U.S.

Lightspace California is co-located with The LED Show and Strategies in Light at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA Feb. 28 through March 2. At the event, a line-up of thought leaders – including leading lighting designers and architects –will explore themes of integration of light and architecture, the role of darkness and shadow and collaboration across the disciplines. For more information or to register, visit http://lightspacecalifornia.com/.