Scientifically, sunshine has many health benefits for our bodies and minds.
Improves Your Sleep
Now, you may think that sunshine would be counterintuitive to aiding your body in getting a goodnight’s sleep. However, it is, in fact, the opposite. At night and in darker lighting, the human body creates a hormone called melatonin; this is crucial for your body to get a well-rested sleep.
On the other hand, sunshine is reported to increase the release of the serotonin hormone. This hormone is connected to being a mood booster, having a calming effect, and regulating your circadian rhythm. You may be asking, “What’s that”? Circadian rhythm is the natural internal process that exists inside everyone. This is the process that regulates the body’s sleep/wake cycle and how we are affected by things like summer vs winter and time zone changes.
By exposing yourself to more sunshine during the day, your body will improve its production of melatonin when it’s time to go to bed.
Strengthens Your Immune System
Sunshine, which provides a tremendous natural dose of Vitamin D, is strongly linked to increasing your immune system. Though it’s always essential to ensure you’re well protected from the harsher aspects of sunlight, safe and consistent exposure can be a great way to increase the Vitamin D levels in your body. Having a healthy immune system has been shown to aid the body in fighting off infection and illness.
Reduces Blood Pressure
Having high blood pressure is something that can lead to health complications like increasing one’s risk of stroke or heart disease. A research study performed at the University of Edinburgh found that exposure to the sun’s UV rays, in moderation, can result in a significant drop in blood pressure.
Though sunshine is linked to many positive effects on the mind and body, it is always important to protect yourself from too much sun exposure. Make sure you’re applying sunscreen, protecting your eyes, and keeping yourself well hydrated while soaking up those rays.
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