BON CHARGE | Circadian Lighting: Why Artificial Light Makes You Sick

“Chronobiology is how clock systems impact us from a physiological and biological standpoint. It's how we regulate those time pieces within our body to create that harmonious environment, the whole orchestra playing, and you do that by managing your light hygiene in line with how our circadian clock system has evolved which is under natural sunlight and dark cycles.” – Andy Mant

Wellness + Wisdom Episode 546

Andy Mant, the founder and CEO of BON CHARGE, joins Josh Trent on the Wellness + Wisdom podcast to reveal new discoveries about how blue light affects our physical health and sleep, and why we need to use red light therapy to recover from the damage caused by blue light.

Do you know that blue light is absorbed not only through the eyes but also through the skin?

In this episode, you will learn how to avoid and prevent the negative effects of blue light, how to restore your health using red light, and why you should take sun breaks throughout the day.


bon charge red light therapyIntroduce the power of red light therapy into your home wellness routine and experience the incredible benefits.

All BON CHARGE's panels incorporate red light at 660nm and near-infrared light at 850nm, which are the two most studied frequencies of light for red light therapy.

Red light delivered at 660nm is readily absorbed by the surface tissues and cells. Near-infrared light at 850nm, which is invisible to the human eye, penetrates into deeper tissues and muscles.

Listen To Episode 546 As Andy Mant Uncovers:

[01:30] How Blue Light Affects Our Sleep + Health

[11:50] Light Influence on The Circadian Rhythm

[28:15] Red Light Therapy for Healing Junk Light Damage

  • The physical and mental benefits of red light therapy.
  • Shinrin Yoku
  • Why you should be breaks throughout the day to get natural sunlight.
  • The reason why we need to get all different colors of light to build up the light spectrum.
  • Junk light: How windows change the color spectrum of sunshine.
  • Alexander Wunsch

[38:20] Seasonal Affective Disorder: Light + Mental Health

  • How artificial lights make us sick.
  • Why blue light keeps the cortisol level high for long periods of time and how it impacts our mental health.
  • What happens when blue light is removed from skin cells.
  • Seasonal affective disorder: Why we feel worse in winter.
  • How blue light is related to cancer.
  • Why the angle of light matters.
  • The benefits of using a black-out sleep mask.

[57:30] Chronobiology + Biological Rhythms

Power Quotes From The Show

Avoid Junk Light

“Blue light isn't a digital problem. It's an LED problem. If you've got lights around you that's in any environment you're in that isn't the sun, that's classified junk light which will be high in blue and will disrupt your circadian biology.” – Andy Mant

Blue Light Impacts Circadian Rhythm Through The Skin

“Melanopsin which is the blue light photoreceptor thought to only be present in the eyes is actually present in people's skin. Blue light hitting your skin will impact your circadian rhythm regardless of whether you're wearing blue light glasses or not.” – Andy Mant

Red Light Therapy

“There's a lot of blue light and artificial light, but there's not a lot of red light. So you need to start balancing the light in your environment. So wearing the glasses alone isn't going to be enough because it's going to filter blue down but it's not bringing the other colors up. We need to get all the different colors of light in our environment so we can mimic sunlight.

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About Andy Mant

Circadian Lighting: Why Artificial Light Makes You Sick (BON CHARGE)Andy Mant is the founder and CEO of BON CHARGE, a company specializing in evidence-based products that help your sleep, wellbeing, and recovery.

Andy started BON CHARGE after becoming dissatisfied with the quality and standards of blue light-blocking glasses available and so set about to design lenses that match the evidence in the academic literature. Andy was born in the UK and moved to Australia in 2011.

After moving and about 2 years after arriving Andy’s gained a lot of weight and became chronically fatigued and lacked energy. Traditional dietary approaches only worked to a certain degree and after stumbling across how biohacking could help his health.

Andy forged a passion and niche understanding of all thing’s biohacking. Today Andy is a leading figure in biohacking to improve health, sleep, and wellbeing.

What is Red Light Therapy?


About Josh Trent

Josh Trent lives in Austin, Texas with his love Carrie Michelle, son Novah, daughter Nayah + a cat named Cleo. He is the host of the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast and the creator of the BREATHE: Breath + Wellness Program. Josh has spent the past 20+ years as a trainer, researcher + facilitator discovering the physical and emotional intelligence for humans to thrive in our modern world. Helping humans LIBERATE their mental, emotional, physical, spiritual + financial self through podcasts, programs + global community that believe in optimizing our potential to live life well.

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