Natural light is something that many people want to have in their environment. After all, it can help with photography, keep your employees energized and even reduce your reliance on your home’s artificial lighting. However, what some don’t realize is that it’s useful for another important thing: your health.
Boosts Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a critical nutrient that prevents bone loss and reduces the risk of heart disease, weight gain and different kinds of cancers. According to experts, to get some Vitamin D into your body, you need to be exposed to as much natural light as possible, whether you’re working indoors or spending some time outdoors.
Good sleep and good mental health often go hand in hand, and, believe it or not, natural light can affect how well you sleep at night. In fact, studies show that office workers who are more exposed to natural light experienced better sleep as a result.
Reduces the Health Risks of Fluorescent Lighting
By having as much natural light enter your home’s windows, you’ll be able to rely less on fluorescent lighting, which can have ill effects on your health. In fact, continuous exposure to compact fluorescent lamp (CFLs) is said to be able to increase your risk for migraines and eye strain, and can even cause you to elicit an elevated stress response. By allowing natural light in your home, you can avoid all these health issues brought about by fluorescent lighting.
How to Increase Natural Light in Your Home
According to experts, there are a few ways to increase natural light around your home. For instance, you can replace your old, small windows with newer larger ones to allow natural light in without sacrificing your home’s energy efficiency. Apart from that, you can also consider removing the curtains on your windows to maximize the amount of sunlight that enters your home. Alternatively, you can also install a few mirrors here and there to help light bounce around the room.
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