Natural Light: The Benefits of Brightening up Your Home

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Natural light simply cannot be rivalled by artificial light. Natural light can have an effect on both your mental and physical health, as well as playing a critical role when it comes to your overall wellbeing. Therefore, learning some of the best ways to let more sunlight into your home is invaluable.

NATURAL LIGHT SOURCES

In order to establish the best ways of letting more light into your home, you’ll need to first understand the differences between natural light and artificial light. Natural sources include the sun, stars, moon, fire and lightning, where sources of artificial light include candles, lamps, electric bulbs, smart phones, tablets and computers.

Although artificial light can also have its benefits and advantages to our lifestyle, natural light really cannot be rivalled and letting more sunlight into your home wherever you can will help you reap its many rewards.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF NATURAL LIGHT

When the sun’s out it makes us feel good, uplifted and wanting to get out and about. Sunlight and Vitamin D go hand in hand. Vitamin D helps to lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and risk of heart disease. As well as this, natural light helps support the regulation of Serotonin and Melatonin levels, helps to reduce stress levels, and helps regulate Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

As well as all the above health benefits, sunlight is also known to improve productivity levels and improve sleeping habits. Natural light has a profound effect on our sleep and waking habits, and is vital in regulating our circadian rhythm. Did you know that people exposed to greater amounts of natural light during the morning (8am – noon) often fall asleep more quickly at night and have fewer sleep disturbances?

The following infographic, designed by the team at Cool Shutters, outlines some of the main benefits of letting more sunlight into your home, as well as some key ways in exactly how you can let more natural light into your home. From windows, sky lighting and doors to mirrors, paint choices and flooring, there are plenty of opportunities to brighten up your home or even your office space.

In an easy-to-follow layout, the infographic starts off by pinpointing the key differences between natural light and artificial light and the various sources of each, the infographic then goes onto explaining blue light, the Lux levels of different types of lighting and then some key facts around energy savings. Going into in-depth detail, the infographic shown below also explains the many health benefits of sunlight, and then concluding with some top tips on how exactly you can increase the natural light exposure in your home.

Natural Light Health Benefits

This article and infographic first appeared on coolshutters.co.uk

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The Mind Centre was a counselling and meditation centre for several years before morphing into an information centre for people seeking to know more about mind and body health.

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