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The Benefits of Natural Lighting in your Home

Whether you haven’t bothered to lift the blinds in weeks or can’t seem to find the motivation to open the curtains, you’re in the right place. Today, we’ll go over all the reasons why you should add more natural light to your home environment. By the time you finish reading, you’ll be more than excited to soak up all the sun’s rays from a natural skylight streaming in. 

The Benefits of natural lights in the home

Let’s face it — the light from your bulb-powered lamp can indeed be quite comforting. However, its  benefits simply can’t be compared to the ones that natural light can offer for your physical  and mental health, home ambience, and of course, your energy bill. Get ready to familiarize yourself with one of nature’s best gifts. 

  • Reduces your energy bill

Did you know that leaving on the lights in your home takes up about 11 percent of your home’s energy consumption? When combined with the fact that all the lightbulbs also take up 9 percent of your heating costs, your artificial lights consume almost 20 percent of your entire energy bill. By taking advantage of natural light, you’ll be able to significantly save money. As a bonus, sunlight also provides additional warmth to keep you snug and cozy on those lazy weekend days. 

  • Increases vitamin D

Out of all the vitamins your body needs, it can’t neglect having too little vitamin D. It’s crucial for maintaining a healthy immune system that wards off a lot of diseases and for strengthening those bones that get you from place to place. Rather than needing to take a supplement or a pill, an ample amount of exposure to sunlight can help your body produce this essential nutrient entirely on its own — even if you’re indoors. The good news is that you don’t need to excessively tan on a beach to keep a healthy level. As long as you expose yourself to natural light for 15 minutes at least twice a week, you’ll be good to go. 

  • Reduces seasonal depression

Ever experienced those winter blues where you simply don’t have the motivation to do anything? Picture this — it’s an unbearably cold winter day and you can’t help but wrap yourself in your covers, too depressed to do anything. Even when you do try to get out of bed to be productive, you simply feel too sluggish to stay focused. 

No matter how this scenario plays out, it’s clear that you have a bout of seasonal depression, or “Seasonal Affective Disorder.” When SAD happens, you’ll typically find lower levels of a mood boosting chemical called serotonin in the brain. Your body needs enough of it to feel happy, and the shorter days in the winter don’t seem to help raise those serotonin levels. Luckily, that’s where natural light can step in to help regulate that chemical’s production. Try sitting in front of a natural light window for a few minutes every day and take in the natural sunlight. Once you do this several times, you’ll begin to notice a sudden increase in your energy and happiness to be productive. It’s all thanks to natural light’s ability to raise those serotonin levels in your noggin. 

  • Helps you sleep better

All humans run on a biological clock and circadian rhythm that guides us on when to feel sleepy and awake. If you constantly rely on artificial light, then you’ll confuse what’s biologically programmed within us and run-on a less-than-regular sleep schedule. To get back to a normal routine, it’s crucial that you let sunlight play a role in helping you enjoy more restful hours at night. The next time you wake up, try resisting the urge to pick up your phone and scroll away on social media. Instead, head over to a window and get started with your morning ritual for at least thirty minutes. Exposure to that natural light will help you feel more alert and ready to start the rest of the day off on a high note. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself feeling sleepy at the right time and not at some ungodly hour of the night. 

  • It lowers artificial light health risks

Your artificial light bulbs might not be nearly as harmless as you think. New research has come out that compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) can trigger stress reactions, emit blue light which suppresses regular sleep, and even release a “flicker” which can cause nervous system problems. That’s on top of the fact that these bulbs can often contain harmful substances such as neurotoxic mercury and emit various forms of radiation.

For your lighting needs, it’s best to rely on what’s naturally given to us for the daytime rather than operating on artificial light all the time. Your body’s natural biological systems will certainly thank you.

  • Helps you see better

Did you know that more than 41 percent of adults experience nearsightedness? Part of the reason that the percentage has jumped so much in recent years is due to the fact that so many people spend time indoors surrounded by artificial lighting and electronics. As a result, you now witness glasses and contact lenses almost everywhere you go. To better protect your eyesight so that it doesn’t get even worse, give your eyes a break from the screens and allow yourself to bask by a natural light window. Don’t forget to appreciate the scenery before you as well! 

  • Brightens up your home

The more natural light that a home can let in, the brighter and more welcoming it feels. Plus, it always makes for an especially clean and elegant look that most homes with artificial light can never emulate. It’ll always leave your guests especially impressed and create that soothing and comfortable home environment that you’ve always wanted. If you’re looking to add more natural light to your home today, you can start by adding a variety of household items. Mirrors are great for amplifying that light and doors with windows instantly create a more welcoming home entrance. You can also consider adding skylights to the ceiling of your home for a more modern look that takes advantage of natural light.

Final Thoughts

Here at Brian Burds, we’re all about homes that embody the perfect balance between great design and stylish decor. In adding more natural light to an otherwise dark and uninviting home, you’ll be able to create the home environment of your dreams and take in all the benefits that go along with it.  

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