Our brain-body system is in direct connection with all kinds of stimuli from the environment, such as light and dark. We work, live and sleep and the exposure to light and dark changes by the hour.
At GLOW 2021 we came across a nice research on the Eindhoven University of Technology Campus. Students from Eindhoven University of Technology provided insight into the results of their research into the influence of light and dark on our daily biorhythm with a work of art. With their project “The Cycle of Light'” they want to make spectators think about the internal experience of light. Eventually you arrive at the most basic rhythmic oscillations, namely those of our brainwaves!
Everything is connected and our brain body naturally functions rhythmically. The brainstem regulates most vital functions such as breathing, heart rate and the sleep-wake rhythm which is also influenced by the amount of daylight. Due to our current indoor lifestyle, we get much less natural daylight, which upsets the internal clock of our brain-body system and disrupts biorhythms.
With the individual Neurozone analysis we measure – to determine your resilience – the quality of the sleep-wake rhythm of individuals, because a good night's sleep is essential for your health. But we don't look so specifically at the influence of light. So this was a nice outing.
The students examined subjects from various occupations in terms of exposure to light. Such as: an employee who operates office machines, an employee in the Intensive Care Unit in a hospital and a gardener who gets a lot of natural light during the day.
"The Cycle of Light" makes it “experienceable” in 2 minutes what the effects of light are in our daily lives. It was interesting to experience. The GLOW is still there until November 13, so you can still take a look!
More information on the Glow website https://www.gloweindhoven.nl/nl/glow-2021/projecten-2021/the-cycle-of-light Or this podcast on spotify: