The Benefits of Letting More Natural Light Into Your Home
The invention of the electric light has immeasurably changed the human race. We are now literally capable of turning day into night, inside our homes at least. However, because of our heavy dependence on artificial light, many of us have taken to using them even during the daytime. Along the way, we have somehow forgotten the many wonderful things that natural light brings. Let’s list down some of those benefits to remind us to let more sunshine into our homes.
Sunlight is healthy
The health benefits of natural sunlight are numerous. Here’s a taste of what it can do for us health-wise:
• UV rays from sunlight are a natural and free antiseptic, and can effectively reduce bacteria and organism growth inside your home.
• Sunlight also triggers the production of vitamins B and D in our bodies. Adequate vitamin D helps us keep our bones and teeth healthy, and protect us from colon, kidney, and breast cancer.
• Our circulation, red and white blood cell production and immune system get a boost with ample sunlight.
• Moderate exposure to natural light does wonders for our complexion. Those who suffer from skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema and fungal infections of the skin also benefit from it.
Sunlight helps us sleep better
Our bodies produce melatonin, the hormone that helps control our circadian rhythms (sleep-wake cycles). Constant exposure to light from artificial sources interrupts melatonin production, and that messes up our ability to get quality sleep. Sunlight can change all that. Once our homes get more natural light indoors, we can expect our sleep-wake cycles to be regulated, and we’ll sleep better at night.
Sunlight makes us happy—literally
Sunlight boosts our production of endorphins and serotonins, the chemicals that make us feel happy. That means more exposure to natural light results in improved moods. Little to no sunlight, on the other hand, could lead to symptoms of depression.
Sunlight saves money, helps the environment
Letting more natural light into our homes translates to substantial savings on your utility bills. And when we use less electricity, we get to reduce our environmental impact as well.
Natural light improves productivity
If you work at home, then you could use more natural light. Aside from keeping your energy levels stable and reducing fatigue, sunlight can also help you concentrate better, and that leads directly to a boost in productivity.
These are just some of the benefits of natural light. If we know what’s good for us, we all must strive to figure out ways to let more natural sunlight into our home. Check out this infographic to get ideas for a sunnier home.