Sunlight triggers the release of serotonin and vitamin D, which are associated with boosting mood and focus and reducing stress.
Without enough sun, these levels can drop, leading to symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges. Light exposure also has a direct impact on your body's sleep-wake cycle, and consistent sleep is one of the most important factors in your well-being.
As the weather begins to warm, remember these tips:
- More time spent in outdoor light is associated with lower odds of using antidepressant medications and fewer symptoms of insomnia.
- The natural lighting of a home is known to impact how you describe your own mood. Improvements to natural lighting have a positive impact on overall emotional social well-being, particularly among women and younger populations.