With mankind spending centuries perfecting artificial light and indoor environments, it is understandable that we have stepped away from the sun. While it may seem we have mastered the ideal indoor temperature and warm yellow glow LED bulb, we may have lost something valuable along the way: natural light.
Have you ever worked in an environment without windows? You may find yourself feeling tired with sore eyes and a fatigued mentality by the end of the day. Many times the reason for this exhaustion can be linked to the lack of natural light in your environment. Included here are a few reasons natural light is important.
Better Sleep Patterns
Scientists have proven, through a study in Colorado, that spending a week living on the solar schedule, with no artificial light, can reset your circadian rhythm. This means that, effectively, people who struggle from insomnia or other sleep disorders may be able to solve their entire problem without medications or expensive therapy.
Taking the time to be in direct sunlight, or utilize natural light for working, can help your body become more attuned to the cycles of day and night. Consider moving your desk to an area by a window and soak up some rays and light throughout the day. If you work from home, spend some time on the patio or deck for short breaks throughout the day.
Everyone is going to have an off day now and again, but for people living without much natural light exposure, those irritable days may be more frequent. Natural light, and vitamin D, help keep you in a more balanced emotional state and can help prevent any low-lows. This is especially important for people who suffer from mood disorders or individuals living in the Pacific Northwest.
Take the time to enjoy natural light, or purchase a light therapy lamp. Psychiatrists have discovered that many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder where they get the “winter blues.” Basking in a light therapy lamp each day can help stave off this bad mood and keep you smiling on the grayest of days.
Energy Savings and Aesthetics
Even the most energy efficient light bulb is still not as good as natural light. Utilizing light that simply requires you to open the curtains, rather than plug it in, will save you energy and keep your home looking better. Most people subconsciously prefer the look of natural lighting in a home, so it should be utilized as often as possible.
Did you know that your lack of productivity at work may be linked to a lack of natural light? Studies have shown that people who spend long hours in labs or areas without natural light can become less efficient and less healthy. Individuals who work by windows, or have views of trees, tend to be more efficient and productive while on the clock.