the New Frontier in Human Health, Performance,
Learning and Productivity
SLEEP -that 'catch it if you can' elusive commodity that dramatically impacts every aspect of our lives, yet few seem to understand, nor recognize, the connection that the built interior environment has with the actual process of sleep...till now. In recent years, scientific and medical research has proven our need for a good night sleep and has uncovered the interconnection between design related environmental factors and our delicate biological clock. Seemingly unrelated aspects of our lives such as; performance, productivity, learning, weight gain/loss, overall health, and even sexual performance have all been linked with environmental factors and the quality of a good night’s sleep…who knew that windows and light bulbs would play a role in that!
With simple, easy to understand anatomical references, audiences in this fast paced, hands-on, interactive session, will develop a working understanding of the process of sleep and provide specific design criteria for ANY interior environment including: workplace, hospitality, healthcare, and a place we call home!
· Learn HOW the newly discovered iRPG cells located within our visual system function to transport environmental light thru to the portion of the brain that is responsible for key neurological functions and emotional reactions, and most importantly, WHY design and lighting choices can interfere with this process.
· Based on recent scientific and medical research, develop a new understanding into how the process of sleep, the human circadian system and design- related environmental stress factors play a vital role in determining optimal health and wellness
· Discover how evidence-based design specifications and intent- driven design solutions can play a vital role in effective sleep, health & healing outcomes, attention spans and learning disabilities, as well as improvements on standardized tests, and a marked improvement in daytime fatigue levels simply by specifying interior floor plans, fenestrations, lighting, and decorative finishes and surfaces that work in a harmonious synchronicity with how the body and brain are directly affected by the interior environment.
· With simple graphics and colorful charts, audiences will get a personal understanding of the environmentally linked see- saw like circadian system and learn how the homeostasis of the body/brain is directly linked to SLEEP with LIGHT serving as a driving force!
- Uncover how the process of sleep encompasses the entire 24.2 hour day and the interior environment you spend your time throughout the day will ultimately play a key role in how well you sleep at night!
This course is approved for health, safety and welfare credits
Deborah Burnett is a nationally recognized health and wellness design authority and keynote presenter bridging the gap between science and evidence based epigenetic design which explores how the body and brain are affected by the interior environment. As a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine she specializes in research and design pertaining to how color, light, sound and daylight affect sleep.