New Solus survey reveals surprisingly optimistic mood for January with 66% in a positive mood but sleep deprived, energy drained and don’t like the dark
A new survey carried out by leading Irish lighting company Solus reveals that despite all the gloom and doom surrounding January, the majority of us (66%) are actually in a positive mood overall. In fact, over 34% are excited about what 2017 will bring, 32% are in a good mood. 22% are only ‘alright or ‘meh…’ when asked how they would describe their mood this January. Only 2% are in a bad mood while 10% claim to have a severe case of January blues. The mood temperature gauge was designed to test how people really feel this month and how to beat the blues.
It seems our ‘get-up-and-go’ has ‘got-up-and-went’ this month as 44% claim their energy levels are only OK, 17% indicated bad energy levels and 12% are ‘zonked’! Only 5% have awesome energy levels and a peppy 22% claim to have good energy levels.
The biggest problem seems to be sleep quality with 35% claiming to be ‘restless with poor sleep’, 4% claim to be awake all night and 23% claim their sleep quality is only OK. Only 9% sleep like a log, 13% have good sleep quality and 7% feel they need more than 8 hours sleep. 9% of respondents find it hard to wake up in the morning when it is still dark.
We seem to be relatively mild mannered this month as 71% don’t seem to have a short fuse or get irritated easily but the majority of those fell into the OK category. However, watch out for the 20% with a short fuse and ready to snap or the ‘Hangry’ 5% on a diet or the 4% warning ‘DANGER – don’t come near me!
Of all the January conditions, factors and events listed, the majority cited the dark evenings as what bothers them most followed closely by post-Christmas bills, cold weather and the state of the nation. We seem quite inwardly focused as Brexit came out tops in what bothers people the least followed by the Trump Inauguration.
The most significant finding from the survey is that 83% of respondents claim that the shorter days and longer nights in January affect their mood. Studies have shown that light levels do actually affect our disposition. Melatonin is vital in controlling sleeping and waking patterns and is typically highest around bedtime, while serotonin affects many functionalities, such as sleep, appetite, memory and mood. Specifically, serotonin has a hand in affecting your happiness.
There are both psychological and physiological side effects linked to poor lighting. For example, poor light conditions can impact the amount of melatonin that’s produced, therefore creating an imbalance within your body. So, in poorly lit rooms, melatonin levels may be higher, which can cause you to feel low and drowsy. On the contrary, higher levels of light can get your body back in balance, increasing your levels of serotonin and can boost your mood.
There are ways to effectively ‘lighten’ the
mood in your home with these simple tips:
- To boost your mood early in the day, consider switching to a brighter wattage or specialist bulbs. If you’re not a fan of bulbs with a stark colour temperature, perhaps try using some cool blue lamp shades or light fittings in your work space which will give the light from your light bulbs a blue hue.
- Since bright light can actually give you more energy and increase alertness, it’s recommended to either dim the lights or use warmer colour temperatures to wind down in the evenings and help sleep patterns. Consider switching to relaxing lamps rather than overhead lights with Solus 20Watt Clear Candle Halogen energy saver bulbs
- If you are happy with your lighting just the way it is and don’t want to change, try opening blinds and curtains. The influx of natural light will have almost the same effect as full-spectrum bulbs but with our long dark evenings, this can be difficult to achieve.
- If you want to create a cheerful and happy environment, then install a brighter LED lights in your home available from the Solus specialty LED range. Blue light fights anxiety and elevates your mood. On the other hand, if you want to relax, then limit your exposure to blue light during the evenings and nights.
- Before bed time, keep away the gadgets and devices that emit blue light such as blue LED lights, smart phones, television etc. Instead, switch to red light as it won’t shift circadian rhythm and can improve your mood by relaxing your mind.
- The classic looking next generation XCrossTM Filament LED bulbs from Solus generates a 360 degree surround natural and warmer light and the light is instant with no time delay.
Solus is an Irish owned company that has been established for over eighty years and now supports 63 jobs in Ireland. The company is constantly investing in NPD and the development, manufacturing & application of innovative lighting solutions including next generation LEDs. Solus is committed to providing a complete range of energy saving lighting products for all applications possible. This has enabled consumers to be confident in knowing that they can rely on Solus to supply their lighting needs well into the future at competitive prices.
Press Contact: Helen O Dwyer | PR1 | 086 2332725 | Helen@pr1.ie
The online survey was carried out by Solus from Friday 20/01/17 to Wednesday 25/10/17 with 306 completed responses. A full breakdown of answers to each question is available on request.