CONFERENCE SEMINAR
Focusing LIGHT on Sleep: Deep-Dive Investigation into the Sleep/Light Connection
WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 17
9:00 - 11:00 am | Seminar S3
EDUCATION TRACK
Health and Lighting
TARGET AUDIENCE
Architects | Engineers | Lighting Designers | Interior Designers | Landscape Architects | Other End Users
AUDIENCE LEVEL
Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced
QUALIFIES FOR
2.0 AIA LU; 2 BOMI CPD; 2 IDCEC
Deborah Burnett, ASID, GMC, LCG, AASM
Principal – Benya Burnett Consultancy
ABOUT THE SESSION

Numerous circadian conferences, wellness articles, and color tuning industry messaging points all mention the relationship of ambient light to sleep quality but fail to explain how and WHY the connection works; until now. With easy-to-understand medical research and neurobiological data detailing the physiological sleep process and downstream behavioral response, this session will provide attendees with the skill set needed to design, specify, and install lighting that offers more than color-changing lights in hope of providing occupants with better job performance and improved scholastic performance.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  • Investigate the link between daytime light exposure and sleep at night from a user-friendly genetic, physiological, neuroendocrine, and behavioral perspective.
  • Discover why timely daytime wavelength exposure is a hard-wired component for nightly sleep contribution ensuring optimized metabolic function, age-appropriate immune system execution, improved next-day cognitive performance, and increased mental acuity; all necessary components of workplace productivity and scholastic improvements.
  • Evaluate sleep as the new yardstick for quantifying built environmental wellness outcomes, enhanced workplace productivity, and increased human energy efficiency while uncovering why specific daytime lighting protocols, variable ambient temperature exposure, and critical timing of meals play a significant role in providing occupants with a good night snooze.
  • Explore the relationship of ambient light to the increasing rates of obesity, heart disease, and neurological disorders worldwide while discussing creative ways for solving the modern-day dilemma of providing electric light at night (LAN) for a culture who thrives on the 24/7 adrenaline rush of staying connected with light-based devices.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Deborah Burnett - speaker
Deborah Burnett, ASID, GMC, LCG, AASM
Principal
Benya Burnett Consultancy

Deborah Burnett is an award-winning, internationally-recognized registered interior designer, lighting practitioner, keynote presenter and member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Over a successful 30-year professional career, her practice has emerged as a leader in the embodiment of intent-driven, evidence-based architectural and interior design devoted to a working knowledge of how the body and brain are directly impacted by built environmental light, color, pattern, view, and sound. Deborah is a recognized international authority in epigenetic design and circadian correct spaces with an emphasis on passive wellness. Deborah consults and provides peer review specifications for projects with a high expectation for occupant health and well-being, including enhanced sleep efficacy and reduced daytime fatigue.

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