Did you know that sunlight can be directly linked to the amount of sleep we achieve and the overall quality of that rest?
Take a look below to discover the importance of lapping up some vitamin D each day for a deep doze come the evening, with expert advice from our Sleep Scientist, Robin Thorpe.
Our bodies run on a system called the circadian rhythm, letting us know when we need to sleep and when it is best to wake, completing all of these actions through our exposure to light, according to Robin Thorpe; ‘the type and amount of light exposure we are exposed to can have a large impact on how we sleep and operate on a daily basis.’
When it comes to light exposure, no source is the same, with sunlight being much brighter than artificial lighting, commonly found in offices, operating theatres, supermarkets and our homes.
‘Daylight, particularly morning sunlight, can be up to 500 times greater than indoor lighting’ comments Robin, ‘and exposure to such light in the day can help to adjust our daily circadian rhythms and has even been shown to improve sleep latency and sleep quality!’
Commenting further on the importance of sunlight, Robin states that spacing out our exposure to sun sources throughout the day can be a brilliant way to soak up the benefits of being outdoors; ‘spacing light exposure throughout the day has also been shown to reduce depression in a study as well.’
Despite the benefits of being outside for our overall well being and the quality of sleep we can achieve, it is important to take into account the current restrictions due to COVID19.
Whilst sun light exposure can definitely be plausible throughout the day in a gated, private garden, for many, a trip to the park marks their opportunity to enjoy time outdoors.
Robin suggests utilising our one form of government permitted exercise by taking a morning run in your local park, as this can be brilliant for boosting our mood and helping our sleep quality; ‘using your daily exercise outing during the morning can positively adjust your circadian rhythm’.
Aside from your allotted exercise, Robin has also stressed the importance of working in a sun lit zone; ‘if you are now working from home, try to create a workspace which is exposed by light through the window, this can also improve sleep quality and duration compared to working from a dark area.’
Getting the maximum amount of sunlight you can achieve in this difficult time, whilst also adhering to government restrictions, can not only boost our mood, it can help us to sleep better, feel better and live well.
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