The natural light at my studio gives me the best kind of energy. My partner calls me a sunflower because of how much I crave sunshine. Especially on a cold winter day, the feeling of warmth that I get from stepping into a ray of sun is both calming and energizing to me. Anyone else?
The fact that sunlight triggers Vitamin D production in our skin is beyond cool to me (and research shows that many of us are deficient in Vitamin D*). Serotonin and melatonin production are also both affected by sunlight exposure.
The hormone Melatonin is produced when it’s dark and stops when our eyes are exposed to daylight. And when we expose ourselves to sunlight in the morning, our nocturnal melatonin production occurs sooner and we tend to fall asleep faster. Higher quality sleep, anyone? 🙋
Research also suggests that sunlight exposure via our eyes can trigger our brain to release serotonin. Increased serotonin is associated with feeling happy, calm, and focused—a natural mood booster! Low serotonin is associated with a higher risk of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), among other things.
So in addition to the wonderful feeling of warmth it gives us, sunlight has some real health benefits. Get outside and soak up some sun. Your body needs it.
*𝘌𝘯𝘷𝘪𝘳𝘰𝘯 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵. 2008 𝘈𝘱𝘳; 116(4): 𝘈160–𝘈167.