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Do you alter your light levels between seasons to adjust for sun exposure?

Answered on March 26, 2015
Created July 14, 2011 at 11:39 PM

I do. I shorten my days in the spring and summer because I eat a real low carb paleo diet. For those who eat a classic paleo diet with lots of carbs do you allow for adjustments to light and carb intake and sleep onset?

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on July 15, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Yes, please do explain more. I don't currently make any adjustments and just kind of sleep and wake up when my body wants to. I have noticed I tend to sleep shorter hours in the summer.

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on July 15, 2011
at 05:04 AM

And perfect timing with this question, because my lux meter arrived in the mail literally today. lol. That computer program I linked to cuts the light being emitted considerably. My 'normal' overhead lights registered between 50-400x brighter than when I dimmed them as low as I can while still being able to read, etc. And if there were a paleohacks question for the geekiest paleo-ish thing you've done, I'm sure buying a lux meter would be right up near the top ;)

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on July 15, 2011
at 05:03 AM

Yeah I live in southern california so the times are not quite as extreme in the winter.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on July 15, 2011
at 05:02 AM

And if there were a paleohacks question for the geekiest paleo-ish thing you've done, I'm sure buying a lux meter would be right up near the top ;)

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on July 15, 2011
at 05:01 AM

And perfect timing with this question, because my lux meter arrived in the mail literally today. lol. That computer program I linked to cuts the light being emitted considerably. My 'normal' overhead lights registered between 50-400x brighter than when I dimmed them as low as I can while still being able to read, etc.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on July 15, 2011
at 04:52 AM

Ah, yeah I live in southern california so the times are quite as extreme.

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on July 15, 2011
at 03:02 AM

Wow that's interesting. Where do you live? I can't imagine dimming the lights right after sunset in the winter or going to bed 2 hours after, since it's almost dark by like 4:30 pm here in the winter.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on July 15, 2011
at 01:14 AM

Yeah I try my best to go to sleep around 1030 in summer and 930 in winter though it doesn't always happen, but I am fairly strict about the tv and dimming the lights all year round.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on July 15, 2011
at 12:43 AM

Do you do this even in the winter?

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on July 14, 2011
at 11:52 PM

Please explain or reference the correlation between longer sleep and carbs. This could help explain a lot about why vlc wasn't sustainable for me.

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on July 14, 2011
at 11:53 PM

Absolutely! I always dim the lights as low as possible after sunset. I turn the tv off after sunset, I try and go to sleep within 2-3 hours of the sun going down, and am more lenient with my carbs during the summer. Once you start dimming the lights with the sun, being in a bright room after dark feels really weird/uncomfortable.

This is a great program that automatically adjusts the spectrum of light on your computer with the time of day.

Oh, and I just bought a lux meter to start seeing how much light is on in my house. lol

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on July 15, 2011
at 05:04 AM

And perfect timing with this question, because my lux meter arrived in the mail literally today. lol. That computer program I linked to cuts the light being emitted considerably. My 'normal' overhead lights registered between 50-400x brighter than when I dimmed them as low as I can while still being able to read, etc. And if there were a paleohacks question for the geekiest paleo-ish thing you've done, I'm sure buying a lux meter would be right up near the top ;)

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on July 15, 2011
at 12:43 AM

Do you do this even in the winter?

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on July 15, 2011
at 03:02 AM

Wow that's interesting. Where do you live? I can't imagine dimming the lights right after sunset in the winter or going to bed 2 hours after, since it's almost dark by like 4:30 pm here in the winter.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on July 15, 2011
at 05:01 AM

And perfect timing with this question, because my lux meter arrived in the mail literally today. lol. That computer program I linked to cuts the light being emitted considerably. My 'normal' overhead lights registered between 50-400x brighter than when I dimmed them as low as I can while still being able to read, etc.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on July 15, 2011
at 05:02 AM

And if there were a paleohacks question for the geekiest paleo-ish thing you've done, I'm sure buying a lux meter would be right up near the top ;)

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on July 15, 2011
at 05:03 AM

Yeah I live in southern california so the times are not quite as extreme in the winter.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on July 15, 2011
at 04:52 AM

Ah, yeah I live in southern california so the times are quite as extreme.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on July 15, 2011
at 01:14 AM

Yeah I try my best to go to sleep around 1030 in summer and 930 in winter though it doesn't always happen, but I am fairly strict about the tv and dimming the lights all year round.

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on March 26, 2015
at 01:56 AM

Rule of thumb: follow the sun.?? Shorter photoperiod in winter; longer in summer.??

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on July 15, 2011
at 12:49 AM

TS Wiley talks about using red lensed glasses after dusk to eliminate the blue light that can interfere with melatonin production.

I was thinking about using my chicken lamp this winter when our days here are like 2 hours long. I figured the opposite of what you are doing - if light signals a "summer" mode and enables our bodies to make use of more carbs, wouldn't that make the body more metabolically flexible? So, you could use the light and still eat low carb and reap benefits, or allow yourself more and be okay as well. How off base am I here?

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