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Troy, N.Y. -  4/6/2020

New Video From LRC: Sleep Better & Feel Better While Working From Home

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has released a new video on how to maintain good sleep while working from home, or quarantining indoors, which is becoming commonplace during the coronavirus pandemic. Good sleep is essential for good health, and may even have a protective effect against coronavirus because a healthy, regular sleep pattern promotes a strong immune system. According to LRC Director Dr. Mariana Figueiro, one of the world’s leading experts in the area of light and health, the key to getting a good night’s sleep while working from home is a “light fitness routine.” 

The video features tips from Dr. Figueiro about how to use the power of light to help you sleep better and feel better every day.
  • Seek light during the day, especially in the morning.
  • If the sky is clear and the sun is shining, go for a 30-minute walk or run every morning at the same time. Morning light provides the most health benefits.  
  • If you must stay indoors during the daytime, work facing the windows. Open the window curtains or shades to let in daylight.
  • If you don’t have a window in your work-space, add more fixtures. for example, if you have one table lamp near your desk, add three additional ones. Don’t forget to turn the extra lights off in the evening, mimicking sunset.
  • In the evening, use warm, low-level, dim lighting and turn off your screens 1-2 hours before bedtime. The intense glow from an electronic screen can make it harder for you to fall asleep.

About the Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC conducts research in light and human health, transportation lighting and safety, solid-state lighting, energy efficiency, and plant health. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. Learn more at

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America's first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,900 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.