Humans were built to live outside. Sure, the indoor comforts of the modern world make life a lot easier with temperature control, soft seating, and ingenious tools to increase productivity, but our bodies still crave exposure to the natural world. That’s why trend setters are starting to incorporate healthy, invigorating, natural light into home and business designs. Read on to learn about the benefits of the good old sun, and how to bring this health trick into your daily routine.
The Benefits of Sunlight
An increased exposure to sunlight can raise your overall energy and improve the quality of your sleep. Sunlight triggers the body’s production of Vitamin D, which improves heart health and regulates blood pressure, helps brain function and may combat dementia. A lack of sunlight is a major factor in some forms of depression, particularly Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), so getting more sun can have a positive effect on your mood and overall productivity. Whatever your reasons for catching more rays, be sure to soak in the sun responsibly, as overexposure can still lead to harmful ailments like skin cancer.
Safely Increasing Your Exposure to Natural Light
Gaining access to the healthy benefits of sunlight without putting yourself at risk to overexposure requires careful attention and the proper tools. Most people aren’t lucky enough to be able to move their office outdoors for ten minutes out of every hour, and renovating existing spaces to incorporate more windows can be prohibitively expensive. But it’s still possible to incorporate natural light into your home or office without disrupting your routine or breaking the bank. Through light therapy, you can get all the benefits of natural light without the dangerous exposure to ultraviolet rays. Some of these light therapy lamps use high-powered bulbs and lots of electricity, and others manage to channel actual sunlight from your rooftop deep into the interior of your home or office.