Health Benefits of Letting the Sunshine In

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A well-lit home: Not only is it beautiful but did you know it may also offer some serious health benefits? Sunlight lifts the mood and provides physical and psychological benefits you can’t afford to overlook. Here are a few of the largest:

1. Increased Vitamin D

When you get enough natural sunlight in your home, the skin absorbs vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that reduces bone loss and cuts the risk of weight gain, cancer, and heart disease. A big bonus? Sunlight doesn’t discriminate based on whether you get it indoors or out, so a sunny room is just as good as a walk on the beach.

2. Lower Rates of Seasonal Depression

Seasonal depression, also known as SAD, affects about 6% of the population. It’s caused by declining levels of natural light during the gloomy fall and winter months. Fortunately, it’s less of a risk if you live in a house with plenty of natural sunlight.

3. Better Sleep

Mental health and sleep go hand in hand. Not surprisingly, natural sunlight has the potential to improve them both. In the past, studies have shown that office workers who get more natural sunlight daily experience better sleep and wake up more rested.

4. Less Unnatural Light

If you’ve ever spent time in fluorescent lighting, you know it’s unflattering. Did you know, though, that it also increases our stress responses? Compact fluorescent light bulbs can lead to increased rates of migraines and eye strain. Natural sunlight, on the other hand, does not.

Say Hello to a Brighter Winter

Winter in Canada doesn’t have to be gloomy and dark. In fact, with all the benefits of natural sunlight being as apparent as they are, it shouldn’t be!

By doing a few simple things such as opening your window shades, installing more windows, and cleaning the glass in and around your home, you can enjoy a bright, light-filled space that will boost your physical, mental, and emotional health.

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