Published on October 6th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Light Up the Autumn Nights
Autumn is here and the leaves are turning into an array of orange hues. As we are only three weeks away from putting the clocks back, now is the time to prepare for the darker nights.
There may have been a bright harvest moon last night, but If you dread the darker days ahead, here are some ways that you can make improvements to your daily routine.
Bring Me Sunshine
Sunshine brings Vitamin D. This not only boosts your mood but also helps you get a good night’s sleep. A deficiency in Vitamin D is associated with insomnia and other sleeping disorders. Yet, during the winter we spend less time outdoors at a time when we need to feel the benefit of those sun rays.
According to recent research, during the winter the average Briton will only see 3½ hours of sunlight on a weekday. At the weekend this increases by only a further 15 minutes. Even if you can’t get outside every day, try to sit near a window so you can feel the sun’s benefit.
When you have no choice but to stay indoors, good lighting is essential in the winter months. Simply turning on lamps and overhead lights can help boost your spirits.
40% of us admit to feeling the winter blues. Light boxes and lamps which imitate natural outdoor light can help to reduce the symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
In particular, the Rexel ActiVita Range incorporates adjustable mood lighting, ideal if you do suffer from the winter blues.
Included in this range is the Rexel ActiVita Daylight Strip Plus Lamp which allows you to adjust the mood and brightness of your desk lamp.
There are three mood settings – Daylight mode, Cool mode for working and Warm mode for reading and relaxing. In addition, each mode also has four brightness settings for you to set for your own preferences. It also has a USB port so you can charge up your mobile devices, making this desk lamp an essential addition to any home or office space.
Invigorate Your Senses
It is not just our eyes that need to adjust to the change in seasons. A good cup of Coffee can kick-start the dark mornings, but rosemary oil can also invigorate the senses. Adding a few drops of rosemary oil onto a tissue can help keep you on top form during the day.
An Apple a Day
Eating an apple in the morning gives a gradual energy boost. Apples are full of natural sugars to wake you up. Apples are also a better alternative to the usual crash and burn effect we experience when we eat a chocolate bar to perk ourselves up.
As soon as you get up, drink a glass of water. There is no better drink to hydrate and boost your metabolism during the day. Even if you prefer tea or coffee during the day, try and substitute at least one cuppa for a glass of water to keep you bright and alert.
When Do We Put the Clocks Back?
Finally, here’s a note for your diary, we revert from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time on 2am Sunday October 29th 2017.