The body runs on an internal clock that causes people to sleep at night, and be awake and alert during the day. Several organs of our body have their internal clocks that usually run in synchrony with the master clock. Several reasons, physiologically and psychologically, can lead to a lack of synchrony between the master clock and peripheral clocks, which can lead to asynchronies within cells (e.g. cell cycle) and between organ systems (e.g. liver and pancreas) .
Problem: Short term circadian disruption can result in commonly found phenomena such as jet lag, sleep disruption, digestion, and alertness. Chronic disruptions can contribute to cardiovascular anomalies and accelerated cancerous tumor growth . Night shift hours contribute to disruption of circadian rhythms in human beings.
- Utilize appropriate circadian light to prevent problems with digestion, alertness, or sleep disruption caused by circadian disruptions
- A lighting system that changes light levels throughout the day to energize the user or prepare them for sleep when needed
- A faux window that produces scenes that represents the changing and passing of time throughout the day also providing the changing of wavelengths and light levels to re-synchronize one’s master biological clock
- Faux skylights can also be provided to bring wavelengths that simulate daylight into a space that has no access to natural daylight
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