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Insufficient and mistimed artificial lighting within the hospital environment can disrupt circadian rhythms, adversely affecting patients sleep, mood, and recovery. In collaboration with BC Hydro, we will run a study at the Burnaby Center for Mental Health and Addictions to test whether controlled 24-hour lighting with enhanced daytime brightness and restricted nocturnal light exposure can help regulate the circadian cycle and improve the sleep and psychological well-being of patients with concurrent disorder (co-occurring substance abuse disorder and mental health disorder). Throughout the study period (consisting of four weeks standard lighting and four weeks cycled lighting), participants will wear a Fitbit and light sensor and maintain a daily sleep log to track the timing, duration and quality of sleep. Also, participants will fill out a questionnaire assessing their mood, stress, impulsiveness and pain in both, the standard and cycled lighting phases. TO BE CONT’D
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