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Old 04-17-14, 11:57 PM
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Anyone focus better with the lights off?

I've noticed that when I'm in complete darkness, I can think better and feel more in touch with myself. As soon as the lights go on, or I start looking at a computer monitor, I zone out and have difficulty thinking. I tested my cognitive abilities with the lights on and off by doing two things. I played episodes of jeopardy with the lights on, and with the lights off. When the lights were off and I just listened to the questions, I felt like I could think about the questions much better before answering. I actually tended to get a lot more right when the lights were off. The second thing that I did was listen music and figure out how to play the songs by ear on guitar. It was so much easier with the lights out. Also, I was prescribed ritalin for adhd about a month ago. It makes me feel more focused, but I have a really hard time thinking clearly when on it. I did my light test after taking it, and I suddenly could think clearly. Even clearer than I did in the dark while not on Ritalin. I'm confused..
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Re: Anyone focus better with the lights off?

Yeah, I think better in the dark too. Think it gets rid of many visual distractions.

Also I'm a bit sensitive to light so that in itself is a distraction for me.
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Re: Anyone focus better with the lights off?

I definitely think better in the dark, unless (obviously) I have to read.

I agree that simply removing the distraction of seeing everything is probably the main reason.
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Re: Anyone focus better with the lights off?

Personally, no.

I prefer a well lit room so I can see what I'm doing.

In terms of focus? I get a headache looking at a computer screen being the sole light source in a dimly lit room.
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Re: Anyone focus better with the lights off?

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I definitely think better in the dark, unless (obviously) I have to read.

I agree that simply removing the distraction of seeing everything is probably the main reason.
I said that because you've told me that before
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Re: Anyone focus better with the lights off?

Yes!!! well not in the dark, but I hate too much artificial light. I think it's really cozy to watch TV at night with dim lighting in the room.
Fortunately at work, we can adjust the lighting. Too bright, makes me edgy.
I often turn on the light in the hallway rather than in the bedroom, it looks less messy that way.
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Re: Anyone focus better with the lights off?

No I hate badly lit rooms. Light helps me focus and keeps me awake.
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Re: Anyone focus better with the lights off?

I love low light areas( I'm an ADHD'er w/ Migraine) plus low light means less chance of seeing my tremoring (Parkinsonian) left arm Yes I think better when I'm in the Dark!
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Re: Anyone focus better with the lights off?

I think best in the dark. Especially if she is ugly! Hey-oh!

I find that it is easier to meditate with my eyes closed rather than opened.
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