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How umilumi lamps are made

Every umilumi lamp is made with great care and thought in a woodworking facility in northern Germany.  We hope this video will help showcase the great local craftsmanship, fine wood and fair working conditions. 

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Will a night light disrupt your child’s sleep?

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Worried about the effects of putting a night lamp in your child’s bedroom? Don’t worry – just make sure you choose the right one. Learn the difference here.

Not all light is equal. The negative effects of blue light have been widely discussed in recent years. But choosing the right type of light is not just about the color (or Kelvin) it’s about a whole array of things.

What light tells the child’s body

Dr. Charles Czeisler from Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, has studied the human circadian rhythm and the effect that artificial light has on us. He has pointed out that light affects our sleep rhythm more than any medicine. This is because our bodies use light to set their inner clocks. Specifically, the color of light. The human body associates blue light with bright morning light whereas warm light with an orange hue signals sunset and time to go to bed. This matters when you want to make sure your child establishes a healthy sleep rhythm. The last thing you want to tell your child’s body before bedtime is that it’s time to get up. So, you should be skeptical about the light sources in your child’s bedroom.

The right Kelvin

The first thing you need to know is the color temperature of any light in your child’s room. Color temperature is measured in degrees of Kelvin (K) on a scale from 1000 to 10,000. At 2000K to 3000K the light produced is called “warm white” and ranges from orange to “yellow white” in appearance. Color temperatures between 3100K and 4500K are referred to as “cool white” or “bright white.” Light bulbs within this range will emit a more neutral white light and may even have a slightly blue tint. Above 4500K brings us into the “daylight” color temperature of light. Light bulbs with color temperatures of 4500K and above will give off a blue-white light that mimics daylight. Research has shown that exposure to light, particularly blue light, can suppress the production of melatonin in children. Blue light is the type of light that is emitted by electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers but also cold white spotlights LEDs, or lamp bulbs. The suppression of melatonin can lead to difficulty falling asleep, disrupted sleep patterns, and decreased sleep quality. Any night light should ideally be between 2000K and 3000K. For reference umilumi lamps are 2700K.

How bright should a night light be?

If a night light is too bright, it can be disruptive to sleep. It is important to choose a night light that emits a dim and soft light, so it doesn’t disturb the child’s sleep. The problem is that the luminosity of light is perceived differently throughout the day. Many parents have had the experience of buying a night light for their child’s bedroom, turning it on in the evening and perceiving it as a pleasant dim light, and then entering the room at night and having a very different experience. The night light seems entirely too bright for the dark room. That is because our eyes have adjusted to the darkness. Often this is a source of frustration for parents because they then must turn off the night light and when the child wakes at night, it won’t see a comforting light. This is why any night light should always be dimmable. All umilumi lamps can be dimmed from a setting where they can be used as a reading lamp to one where only the outline of the child is visible at night. This makes it versatile. The child will experience it as a constant companion without the lamp disrupting their healthy sleep pattern.

Should I use a night light?

In summary, the effect of night light on children’s sleep can vary depending on various factors. If a child is afraid of the dark, a dim and warm-colored night light may help provide a sense of security without interfering with sleep. However, if night light is too bright or emits blue light, it may interfere with melatonin production and disrupt sleep. Ultimately, it’s important to find the right balance between comfort and sleep quality when deciding whether to use a night light in a child’s bedroom.

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The thing about sleep

Improving your child’s sleep is the best investment in your family’s health.

Are you getting up at night to console a scared toddler or having nightly visits from a wandering preschooler? Well, you are not alone. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a quarter of children under the age of 5 don’t get adequate sleep, and that is a problem for the whole family. Lack of sleep negatively affects the child’s mood, ability to focus, cognitive performance, and has been linked to many health issues later in life. It is however also an enormous burden for the entire family because poor sleep causes heightened stress levels in the entire family.

Don’t t feel guilty

But before you feel overwhelmed and disheartened by your child’s sleeping habits know, that most kids struggle with sleep at some point.  The American Academy of Family Physicians studied the phenomenon and concluded that early identification of sleep problems may prevent negative consequences, such as daytime sleepiness, irritability, behavioral problems, learning difficulties, and poor academic performance. In other words, recognizing the problem is the first step to solving it.

Tools to improve sleep

When it comes to sleep the are no overnight miracles but according to The Sleep Foundation, there are many things you can do to improve sleep quality greatly over time. Most of them have to do with lifestyle choices. They especially point to establishing a strict bedtime routine as beneficial. Here are some of their recommendations to improve sleep.

  • A healthy diet
  • Keep a regular bedtime
  • Turn off bright lights and screens
  • Put on pyjamas and brush teeth
  • Read a light book, sing a lullaby, or take a bath
  • Set the thermostat in the child’s room to a slightly cooler temperature
  • Use dark curtains to block out light, or a nightlight if they’re scared of the dark
  • Keep the bedroom quiet, or use a white noise machine to mask outside sounds
  • Avoid large meals, and sugary treats before bedtime, opting for a healthy bedtime snack if necessary

These are all small steps you can take to improve sleep and hopefully the stress levels in your family.