Change in Lighting Needs

Tru here.

SunLight is very important to me.
i designed this house for maximum benefit of daylight.
All exterior walls have loads of windows, and doors are clear glass, along with a glass-enclosed wrap-around porch,
… but, until dementia symptoms arrived, at night i needed it very dark.

Before dementia symptoms i needed it very dark at night, but
now, because of nocturnal hallucinations,
i NEED to orient soon as possible when waking up.

Sometimes the hallucination-environment is super-imposed over my bedroom environment,
so need a bit of light to orient
— but not too intense that i cannot return to sleep.
(Interferes with melatonin secretion.)

Hope is to return to sleep — but not return to the ultra-vivid scary environment of my dreams.
With dim lighting i can recognize familiar shapes and items in bedroom or living room,
so it reduces likelihood of these things being incorporated into dreams
during this nether-time between sleep and wakefulness.

Minimum of 2 side lamps (wall sconces) on each wall, in each room of the house.
Each of these Lamps hold a 7-watt bulb, or are higher wattage but gold/orange in color.
Having multiple low-wattage lamps helps eliminate shadows that can be mis-interpreted as part of an illusion.

“Even dim light can interfere with a person’s circadian rhythm and melatonin secretion.
A mere eight lux—a level of brightness exceeded by most table lamps and about twice that of a night light—has an effect,
notes Stephen Lockley, a Harvard sleep researcher. ” (per Harvard Health Publishing * — see article in Links below).


On 15 Sep 2014, Victoria L. Dunckley M.D., of Psychology Today, wrote:
“The healthiest light is sunlight or candlelight, followed by incandescent, then halogen, then LEDs, then CFLs.
I recommend that parents of children with psychiatric, neurological, learning, or chronic medical conditions
switch out all CFLs in the home for incandescent or halogen bulbs.”  (CFL is Compact Fluorescent Light * see article in Links below).


When evening arrives, the side lamps go on throughout the house.
Overhead lighting is turned off an hour or two before bed, to encourage a feeling of sleepiness.

((Another change is that i am No longer able to use flashlight; creates dis-orientation for balance, and i will fall. See Link at base of entry.))


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PS: it is difficult to understand how very long it takes me to write these days. began this entry 18Jun2018, and worked on it again 07Sep2018.  Spent 4 more hours on it 09Jan2019, then made some revisions, and created a graphic, but still cannot understand what i am reading well enough to know if it makes sense, so husband helped me finalize it on 12Jan2020.
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* Admin issues: SHARE dementia awareness thru buttons below. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the form of comments, but please filter your comments with truthful loving kindness to all concerned. If interested in receiving notice of future blog postings, subscriptions are available through a “follow” button in the upper left corner (MS Explorer) or lower right (Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Chrome). If there is an advertisement below, I have no control over what is shown. My own full legal name is Truthful Loving Kindness. My current diagnosis is still Mild Cognitive Impairment, but my neurologist said I am in a unique position for helping because I have “one foot in each door”. Text Copyright © Truthful L. Kindness 13Jan2020.  Tags are: Alzheimers, Dementia, Lewy Body, Lighting, PLwD, Sleep, Strategy, symptom. Registered & Protected




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