Thermeco Loves Natural Light Health Benefits
14th October 2019
Windows in a home are more than just letting light in. They allow us to connect with the outdoors, get fresh air, see nature, receive sunlight, enjoy the weather and much more! Now imagine a home with no windows... dark and depressing right?
Windows are one of the most important parts of a home and really set the style and mood. The use of natural light has also been proven to produce tremendous health benefits. The power of natural light has a long list of benefits; from the way our bodies work on a daily basis to our mental and physical well-being.
Natural Light Increases Productivity
Windows that allow for this passage of natural light tells our bodies that it’s daytime, and the inherent urge to complete our chores, jobs, school and other duties before nightfall kicks in. It is inarguably easier to learn, think creatively and be productive when we are working somewhere with lots of daylight.
Natural Light Boosts Vitamin D
Vitamin D plays an important role in our overall health. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), vitamin D is absorbed through our skin transformed into vitamin D3, and then metabolized in the liver and kidney. Vitamin D aids in the health of your nerve, muscle and immune system.
Windows make getting vitamin D extremely simple. They provide enough exposure that even if you don’t leave the house that day, your body will still soak in the rays of the sun.
Natural Light Helps Fight Depression
The sluggishness that takes over our bodies and minds during the cold, dark couple of months in the winter is due to the lack of exposure to natural light. Many scientists hypothesize that serotonin, a chemical in our brain that is linked to our mood, is very much affected by natural light. Even on colder days in the winter, natural light still curb depressive feelings. An Australian study that focused on levels of brain chemicals concluded that serotonin levels were reportedly higher on days that were sunnier than cloudy days, despite how cold or hot the weather was. Of course, winter days are known to be long and dark, so this is why SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is more bound to occur. There have been countless studies centered on how natural light affects us as human beings and how getting natural light through windows help us feel better throughout the day as well as overall. Some studies have also shown that workers who are exposed to daylight or bright indoor lighting reportedly feel less depressed because of this. Having windows in each room of your home can make your mood much more positive.
Natural Light Helps Maintain Our Sleep Cycle
A study conducted by the National Center of Biotechnology Information focused on our sleep cycle and our response as humans to natural light and what effects it may have on our sleep. The study covered results for over three decades and concluded that the natural light we’re exposed to throughout the day plays an essential and tremendous role in our clock genes and sleep cycle. The way natural light helps us sleep is easy to understand. Our brains produce chemicals at night to help us sleep after a long fulfilling day of completing our chores, work, and other routines. Our biology inherently knows when it’s time to sleep and when it’s time to be awake based on our 24 hour circadian cycle, which is greatly helped by our exposure to natural light.
So when you're planning your next home, consider big windows in every room and pay close attention to the orientation of the house and where the sun hits through most of the day. Our thermally broken double glazed windows will not compromise heat or cool transfer no matter how harsh the weather conditions may be. To learn more about our thermal break technology click HERE.
In the mean time, open those blinds and soak up that sun!