Living in one of the world’s sunniest countries, we’re no strangers to the dangers of receiving too much sun. But while sunburn and skin cancer are very real threats, safe sun exposure can also be beneficial for the mind, body and soul.
How to improve your mood and wellbeing with natural light
Puts a smile on your (sun) dial
If you find yourself in a better mood on days where the sun’s a-shinin’, you’re not alone! Spending time in the sun is a natural mood enhancer, with both sunlight and darkness triggering the release of hormones in the brain.
When you expose your body to sunlight, this triggers the release of serotonin in the brain (the happy chemical). This is said to help decrease the risk of depression in those who experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which generally occurs in winter when light is limited.
Spend less time counting sheep
Any sweet, sweet sunlight you soak up during the day does more than just boost your mood. The right balance of light, natural or otherwise, can also help you get a more restful night’s sleep.
One of the immediate benefits of daily sun exposure is improved sleep, an essential factor for our health and wellbeing. After you’ve been exposed to bright light throughout the day, higher levels of melatonin (the sleep hormone) are produced at night, making it easier to fall asleep.
Lower your BP with UV
One of the more surprising benefits of safe sun exposure is the ability of UV rays to lower blood pressure. Research shows that when the body is exposed to sunlight, the sunlight alters levels of the small messenger molecule, nitric oxide (NO) in the skin and blood, reducing blood pressure.
The simple act of getting some sunshine will help to reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease. Plus, as mentioned earlier, you’ll also get a mood boost and improve your chances of a good night’s sleep – what’s not to love!
Be prepared to fight
Now more than ever, we’re all looking for easy, affordable ways to boost our immune systems. One of our favourite methods? Stepping into the sunshine!
There’s a multitude of research supporting the idea that adequate amounts of daily sun exposure can aid our immune systems, decreasing the risk of developing infections and certain diseases.
We can get vitamin C from citrus, vitamin B from meat, but what about vitamin D? Well, turns out it’s actually hard to get enough of it from food sources alone. The sun is our best natural source of vitamin D, which is needed to produce strong and healthy bones. So, fling open the curtains or get outside and expose yourself to direct sun every once in a while. Five to fifteen minutes of exposure a few times a week is all most people need! Beyond that, make sure you slip, slop, slap!
How to increase natural light in your home
If you can’t spend as much time in sunshine as you’d like, bring the sunshine to you with light filtering window treatments.
For rooms that require privacy and plenty of natural light, double roller blinds are ideal. These stylish blinds combine the sophisticated light diffusing properties of a translucent fabric with the stylish practicality of a roller blind. Sheer curtains are also a great choice, as the lightweight fabric allows plenty of natural light to flood the room, while protecting your privacy at the same time.
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