1. A Natural Mood Booster
Natural light acts as a potent mood enhancer, triggering the release of serotonin, or most commonly known as our “feel-good hormone.” The sun’s rays can have a transformative effect on our emotional well-being, helping alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. That’s one reason why so many people are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in parts of the world where they don’t get as much sunlight during the day.
20-30 minutes of early morning sunlight (around 6-10 am) is especially essential. It will suppress melatonin and start your morning with alerting and mood boosting hormones1. This helps you stay more alert and happier during the day and have better sleep quality at night.
2. Improved Cognitive Function
Studies have shown that exposure to natural light can enhance brain function and improve focus and alertness. Sunlight stimulates the production of serotonin2, a neurotransmitter that plays a crucial role in mood, emotions, appetite, and digestion. Studies also show sunlight can even help with learning3. So, whether you’re studying for an important exam or aiming to excel at work, ample natural light in your workspace can give your brain the extra boost it needs.
3. Circadian Rhythm Balance
Our bodies operate on a natural master clock called the circadian rhythm. In fact, every cell in our body has its own clock that reacts directly from the master clock2. When we receive natural light, we’re regulating this clock, ensuring that every cell and process in our body functions properly and when it’s supposed to.
Exposure to bright light during the day helps synchronize our internal clocks leading to better sleep and contributing to overall health. If you’ve ever gone camping and notice you’re sleeping better, waking up more refreshed, and just overall feel good; it’s because the combination of natural sunlight and the blue sky is putting your circadian rhythm back in balance.