Light within our home and at our workplace can affect both our physical health, mental health and our well-being. Natural light has many benefits but it can be challenging to get enough of it, especially if you have a busy schedule.
Artificial light can decrease levels of melatonin, a hormone that is created in the brain. Melatonin is fundamental for our body’s health as it controls our circadian rhythms.
This is more commonly known as our body clock and when it’s disturbed it can impact our mental and psychological functions such as; our ability to sleep, think clearly, regulation of blood pressure and timing & release of hormones.
“The human body thrives when the weather is warmer, but according to research, the main reason for mood changes is down to longer days and thus, exposure to more light,” says Lowri Dowthwaite.
If you can’t get outside often, you can always make some home improvements to ensure you’re getting maximum light through your windows.
“More public living spaces, like living rooms and kitchens, are ideal for allowing filtered daylight to penetrate” – Karen Egly-Thompson a former interior designer.
Wooden blinds are perfect at letting the right amount of light in and are also easily controllable.