February 16, 2021
READ TIME: 5 MINS
Waking up in the winter can be hard. Getting through the day can be even harder. With the “Winter Blues” weighing us all down, sometimes it can feel like there’s no escape from winter’s cold and dreary grasp. That’s because living in darker spaces can make it more difficult for your brain to produce serotonin, a mood boosting hormone triggered by daylight.
That’s where Nanoleaf comes in. Nanoleaf’s lighting products have been proven to help elevate mood, and provide that much needed burst of energy throughout the day. With both modular smart lighting panels and the more classic smart Bulbs and Lightstrips, they are easy to incorporate into your day-to-day routine. The curated “Winter” Playlist in the Nanoleaf App has all the Scenes you need to feel comfy and cozy, but on top of that, there are endless other ways to use your Nanoleaf lights to help shake off the Winter Blues!
Like we said, getting out of bed is the first hurdle. Whether your circadian rhythm is out-of-whack and you’ve had trouble sleeping or just can’t resist the warm embrace of your covers, the right lighting can help set the tone for the day.
With Nanoleaf’s Schedule feature, you can set your lights to gradually turn on with the “Sunrise” Scene to gently wake you up with a natural light alarm, helping you ease into your day. Gone are the dark mornings of blaring sirens and repeated snoozes. With this natural method of waking up, you’ll feel refreshed and ready for the day, even before the winter sun has decided to make an appearance.
With the Circadian Lighting feature on the Nanoleaf Essentials, you can set the color temperature of your Bulbs and Lightstrips to automatically adjust between warm and cool white light throughout the day to maximize your comfort and productivity. That means once you’re up and ready for whatever the day brings you, you’ll automatically have the ideal cool white lighting to kick your brain into action, and keep you going through that mid afternoon slump.
Looking out the window during winter can be…discouraging, to say the least. By this point, we don’t even remember what a blue sky looks like. And by the amount of light coming in sometimes we can’t even tell if the curtains are opened or closed. With Nanoleaf panels you can create your own sunshine and blue skies – or switch it up with a rainbow of over 16 million vibrant colors. Having Nanoleaf Light Panels, Canvas, or Shapes panels by your work-from-home station provides a constant beacon of light to shine on you throughout the day, mimicking the energizing effects of natural sunlight (but with no need for the SPF).
Additionally, different colors have been shown to have different effects on your mood, like blue increasing productivity or red activating your alertness, so you can customize your colors to practically hack your brain. You can even set different colors to go with different tasks to keep you organized and on track, or set Schedules to signify when it’s time to take a break and stretch those legs.
Finally 5PM arrives, and now it’s time to make a big decision; workout or veg-out. As attractive as that couch might be looking, studies have shown the positive impact of exercise on mood, so this isn’t one that you’ll want to skip. With Nanoleaf’s Rhythm feature, you can pop on your favorite song and watch the panels light up to the beat of the music. You can’t help but get that heart pumping while the lights pump away beside you. Transform your home into the coolest fitness studio as you pedal away on your stationary bike, or get down with a treacherous workout video.
Once it’s finally time to wind down for the night, warm white lighting will give you that cozy feeling that you’ve been missing out on. Enjoy a warm dinner or hot bath as you relax your mind and body. Or with different Playlists like “Chill” or “Calming” in the Nanoleaf App you can add soothing colors to your nighttime routine for something a little special.
And when you’re ready to turn in for the night, there’s no need for that frantic scramble in the dark between your lightswitch and your pillow. Voice Control with smart home assistants like Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant let you end the night right from the comfort and warmth of your bed.
“Hey Siri, Lights Off.”