The Health Benefits of Sunlight Exposure
Did you know that exposure to sunlight is actually good for your health?
If you are like many people here in sunny California, you probably end up closing your blinds to prevent the heat from getting in as well as the sunlight. Heat gain is a common problem that can cause your energy bill to spike on a monthly basis, but with window treatments from the experts at Arjay’s Window Fashions, you can dramatically reduce heat gain without having to close off your home to the sunlight. Believe it or not, sunlight is good for your health in a number of ways. Here are just a few of the many benefits of sunlight exposure:
#1. Lower Blood Pressure
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that, when sunlight touches the skin, nitric oxide is released into the blood vessels. Nitric oxide is a compound that helps to lower blood pressure. Lowering your blood pressure also lowers your risk for strokes and heart attacks, so exposure to sunlight could help to prolong your life.
#2. Improve Sleep Quality
Melatonin is a hormone that makes you drowsy and helps you go to sleep. Exposure to sunlight sends a signal to the brain to stop the production of melatonin until it is dark again. If you aren’t exposed to sunlight, your body still produces a small amount of melatonin during the day. Not only does this leave you feeling drowsy all day, it has also been linked to poor sleep quality. By exposing yourself to sunlight during the day, you’ll help to normalize your internal clock and improve your sleep quality.
#3. Boost Immune System
A moderate amount of sun exposure can be very beneficial for your immune system. Sun exposure leads to an increase in white blood cells, which are the cells that fight disease and defend your body from infections. Additionally, sunlight also helps to suppress overactive immune systems, which is why sunlight is often used to treat certain autoimmune diseases, such as psoriasis.
#4. Reduce Cancer Risk
While most of us grew up learning about the dangers of sunlight and skin cancer, it’s important to note that sunlight can actually be helpful in lowering your risk for some cancers. Sunlight is essential for producing vitamin D, and if you have a vitamin D deficiency, it can raise your risk for colon and breast cancer.
#5. Ease Depression
Sunlight deprivation is the main reason why people get seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a form of depression during the winter. People who work long hours in buildings without sunlight can also develop SAD. Luckily, moderate amounts of sunlight exposure leads to an increase of natural antidepressants in the brain, which helps to relieve this form of depression.
Don’t hide behind your blinds because you are worried about what heat gain will do to your energy bills! Turn to Arjay’s Window Fashions to get the window treatments you need so that you can enjoy the many health benefits of sunlight exposure while also controlling the heat gain effectively. Contact us today to get started!