2022 Sleep Math = Better Daytime Light = Better Nighttime Sleep

Mariana Figueiro, Light and Health Research Center at Mount Sinai

March 15, 2022
2:00PM – 3:00PM

Location: Gramercy


1 LU | HSW

We will discuss the results of the field study conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic showing how important light exposure during the day is for better sleep at night.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of sleep on wellbeing and chronic health conditions
  • Describe the impact of light and daylight on sleep and occupant health
  • List three design strategies in multi-family residential that improve occupant health
  • Explain how health-centric design and amenities impact tenant attraction and retention


Mariana Figueiro
Professor and Center Director, Light and Health Research Center at Mount Sinai

Mariana G. Figueiro, PhD, is Director of the Light and Health Research Center and Professor at the Department of Population Health Science and Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine. She is well known for her research on the effects of light on human health, sustainability, circadian photobiology, and lighting for older adults.

Dr. Figueiro conducted field studies examining the impact of circadian-effective lighting in office spaces with the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration, and in residential spaces at the EXO towers in Reston, VA. She is also working in nursing homes and assisted living facilities to use light to improve sleep, mood and behavior in Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment patients.

Dr. Figueiro is a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society (FIES) and the author of more than 120 scientific articles in her field of research. She has brought attention to the significance of light and health as a topic of public interest through her TEDMED talk.


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