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Understanding circadian rhythm and the impact of light

The concept of circadian rhythm is fundamental to understanding how our bodies function. It’s a natural, internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and repeats roughly every 24 hours. These rhythms are influenced by external cues like light and temperature, which help to align our bodily functions with the day and night cycle. How light […]

Link between nighttime light exposure and mental health 

In a recent study published in the journal Nature Mental Health, an international team of researchers conducted a large-scale, cross-sectional analysis of sleep, light exposure, mental health, and physical activity to understand the association between light exposure during the day and night and the risk of self-harm and psychiatric disorders.  The findings indicated that increased […]

The impact of sleep and circadian disruption on the health and wellbeing of elderly people

Sleep is a vital component of our overall health and wellbeing, playing a crucial role in maintaining physical and cognitive functions. Unfortunately, sleep patterns tend to change as we age, often resulting in sleep disturbances and circadian rhythm disruptions among elderly individuals. This blog attempts to explore the risks associated with sleep and circadian disruption […]

UK’s first homeless facility to have circadian lighting 

The Ferry Project  Established in 1998, Ferry Project is an award-winning social enterprise and registered charity that helps homeless people in Fenland.  The aim of Ferry Project is not simply to provide accommodation, but to give people the skills they need to enable them to live independently.  These include life skills such as cooking and […]

How do natural circadian rhythms help the body prepare for sleep 

Circadian rhythms direct a wide variety of functions from daily fluctuations in wakefulness to body temperature, metabolism, and the release of hormones. They control your timing of sleep and cause you to be sleepy at night and your tendency to wake in the morning without an alarm. Your body’s biological clock, which is based on […]

Does circadian lighting improve sleep?

Circadian lighting has been shown to improve sleep quality and overall well-being. Circadian lighting refers to the use of artificial lighting that mimics the natural changes in light intensity and colour temperature throughout the day. It is designed to align with the body’s internal circadian rhythm, which regulates various physiological processes, including sleep-wake cycles. Research […]

Exploring the link between circadian cycles and Alzheimer’s

While the exact mechanisms underlying the relationship between circadian rhythms and Alzheimer’s disease are still being unravelled, it is clear that disruptions in sleep-wake cycles and circadian rhythms play a significant role in the development and progression of the disease. Understanding this connection provides valuable insights for potential prevention and treatment strategies. Further research is […]