Blue light­ing may help you re­duce stress

Millennium Post - - TOWN -

DID YOU just fight with your friend and are you seek­ing some re­lax­ation to re­duce your stress level? Take heart and try the blue light ther­apy.

Blue light­ing ac­cel­er­ates the re­lax­ation process af­ter acute psy­choso­cial stress in com­par­i­son with the con­ven­tional white light­ing, new re­search says.

Psy­choso­cial stress or the ‘said stress’ is a kind of short-term stress (acute stress) that oc­curs dur­ing so­cial or in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tion­ships, for ex­am­ple while ar­gu­ing with a friend or when some­one pres­sures you to fin­ish a cer­tain task as soon as pos­si­ble.

Psy­choso­cial stress pro­duces phys­i­o­log­i­cal re­sponses or the phys­i­cal re­sponse to a stim­u­lus that can be mea­sured by means of bio-sig­nals, men­tioned in the re­search led by Fran­cisco Pe­layo, pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Granada, Spain.

The re­searchers asked the vol­un­teers to be un­der high stress for the study and then eval­u­ated them over a re­lax­ation ses­sion within a mul­ti­sen­sory stim­u­la­tion room.

The par­tic­i­pants were di­vided in two groups, the first group lied down un­der blue light and the sec­ond group lied down un­der white light.

Di­verse bio-sig­nals, such as heart rate and brain ac­tiv­ity, were mea­sured through­out the whole ses­sion by means of an elec­tro­car­dio­gram and an elec­troen­cephalo­gram re­spec­tively.

The re­search, pub­lished in the jour­nal Plos One, stated that any form of stress was very com­mon and neg­a­tively af­fected peo­ple’s health and qual­ity of life. The re­sults found that par­tic­i­pants who lied down un­der blue light re­laxed more quickly than those who were un­der white light.

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