With mental health being a key focus for especially the last few years, we wanted to touch on the benefits which natural light can have not just on your mental health but also physical health. We don’t realise how positive the impact can be, it is often forgotten about. How much light does your home bring in? Do you get a chance during the day to get 10-20 minutes of sunlight? This is all you need to start reaping the rewards it could bring you.
We have put together this small guide to explain some of the benefits of natural light for your health, read on to start making some healthier choices for you today.
- Change your environment
This point sounds dramatic, but have you ever walked into a room where the curtains are drawn and it just feels dull? The same goes with work spaces and work from home offices, it can be difficult to concentrate and keep a sharp mind when there’s a lack of natural light flooding in. There’s so many factors which can contribute to the feeling of “dullness” such as a build up of dust, which tends to happen with a lack of natural light - eventually affecting your physical health too.
2. Lowers Blood Pressure
Talking of physical health… It’s proven that when you become exposed to sunlight, it triggers the skin to release stores of nitrogen oxides, which cause arteries to dilate, lowering blood pressure. When your blood pressure is lower, it benefits your overall cardiovascular health. Even changing your thick blackout curtains to pretty voiles can benefit your physical health. We would recommend doing this in areas of your home which don’t require blackout curtains (because we still do love these for bedroom purposes!). You can even layer nets underneath your current curtains, to get the best of both worlds.
3. Strengthens Bones
When we don’t get enough Vitamin D it can affect our bone health. Your bones can become very weak without Vitamin D, as it is an essential nutrient. Long-term deficiency can even contribute to issues like osteoporosis, so exposing yourself to natural light could really benefit you long-term. It’s important to let natural light into spaces such as Nurseries, or anywhere you spend a long period of time.
4. Improves Sleep
The human body creates a hormone called melatonin, which is critical to helping you sleep at night. Research indicates that getting exposure to an hour of natural light in the morning will help you sleep better, as sunshine regulates your circadian rhythm by telling your body when to increase and decrease your melatonin levels.
So, ideally the more daylight exposure you can get, the easier your body will produce melatonin when it’s time to go to sleep.
5. Reduces Stress
Melatonin can also help to reduce your stress levels. Additionally, when you are outside you tend to be doing something active, whether that’s going for a walk, or a run, or just playing outside, that extra exercise will also have a great effect on your mental wellbeing.
How To Get More Natural Light in the Home
Mirrors allow natural light to bounce around a room. Sunlight from the windows can reflect against a mirror, casting all the brightness into your home.
Curtains are lovely to look at, we know that out of everyone, and we have a fantastic range of them. However, if you are wanting to let more light into your home, you might want to go with a thinner curtain option.
Colours close to white, such as light-coloured pastels will reflect all of the sunlight. Whilst white is going to be the most reflective colour, you don’t want your home to be too cold and plain.
If you are unsure what to do next, get in touch with our professionals for their expert advice. We have a wide range of nets and voiles that you can replace your super thick curtains with to allow all the daylight into your home.