There is an abundant amount of research out there that discusses how natural elements, especially natural light, can positively impact your health. According to a study done by NC State University, natural light can be attributed to five key health benefits – most of you have probably not even considered.
Get a Vitamin D Boost
Vitamin D is a critical component to your body’s ability to absorb calcium and a deficiency in this area is linked to a lack of sun exposure. Some scientists have even linked sun exposure to effective treatments for cancer, diabetes, as well as depression.
Be More Productive
Have you ever felt a difference between working under the artificial light of an office building versus sitting outside or next to a large window? Studies show that those close to or in natural light while working report a 40% increase in productivity.
See More Clearly
Healthier vision has also been linked to sun exposure. In the device-driven world we live in today, most are spending up to 8+ hours a day with eyes affixed on fluorescent screens. Natural light initiates the production of dopamine in the eyes, which is critical to healthy eye development – and very important in the early stages of childhood!
Consistent and quality sleep is often under-rated, especially for busy individuals constantly on the go. However, sleep is proven to be a factor in aiding to prevent disease and other illnesses. Research has shown that natural light can assist in the sleep cycle. Early morning exposure to sun light can ensure when it’s time to sleep, your body cooperates. Devices and other artificial lights have shown to do the exact opposite.
Don’t Get Down in the Dumps
Depression is a real disorder that many people face every day. Research shows that it even tends to worsen during the months with shorter days and longer nights. Sunlight is even prescribed as a treatment for those who suffer from mood disorders as it releases serotonin in the brain, which relaxes and balances the body.
Designing Your Home or Business
While it would be wonderful to spend most the day outside enjoying the sunshine, that’s simply not realistic. But there are ways to bring these benefits inside to recreate the experience.
When thinking about your next home or commercial project, consider large format, steel and glass french doors and steel windows to bring in that natural light. The result is not only a luxurious and elegant look and feel, but also improves the health and well-being of your family, your co-workers, and your guests.
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