Natural Light in your home can improve your wellness

Natural Light in Your Home can Improve Your Wellness

Your environment can be a big factor when it comes to your health and wellness. We are spending a lot of time in our houses these days, so creating a good home environment is important now more than ever. Finding window styles that open up your home to the benefits of natural light can create a space that fosters good psychological and physical well-being.

Here we’ll talk you through the benefits good windows can have on your mental and physical wellness.

Physical Wellness

Let’s talk about natural light. There are many benefits to receiving a good sunlight supply. Physically, having big clear windows brings in a healthy source of Vitamin D. This is an important Vitamin that contributes to the healthy functioning of your body. Vitamin D helps the health of your bones, and lowers high blood pressure which can help to prevent heart disease and diabetes. Since we might not be able to go out and get as much sunlight as we usually do, bringing sunlight into your home can make getting Vitamin D as simple as sitting by a window for breakfast.

Natural light coming from the sky

Mental Wellness

Natural light is a great mood booster. Getting some sunlight throughout your day can help decrease depression and anxiety as sunlight increases serotonin in our brains. This is a chemical that contributes to our happiness and the healthy functioning of our bodies. According to Harvard Health Publishing, it’s shown that increasing the amount of natural light you receive can help to fight off Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is a type of depression that occurs around specific times of the year. As we approach the winter months, which can be a very gloomy time for a lot of people, it’s important to let in as much sunlight as you can. 

Woman reading and drinking coffee by a window with natural light coming in

Natural Light and Sleep

If you often find yourself tossing and turning in your bed trying to get to sleep, or waking up with little to no energy to start your day, your inner clock may be out of whack. Your inner clock, or your circadian rhythm, is the natural process that regulates your sleep. A disruption to your circadian rhythm can have many negative effects such as lack of sleep, lack of energy, and a negative impact on mental wellness. Getting more natural light throughout the day can help bring you back into a more balanced sleep schedule, with more energy to kickstart a productive day. 

Woman waking up and stretching in her bed

Types of Windows for Natural Light

So how can you bring more natural light into your home? Having big, clear windows can bring a healthy dose of light and happiness into your space. Let’s get into choosing the right windows for your home or wellness space. 

Factors to consider when choosing windows for natural light:

  • Are they big?
  • Do they allow for high visibility?
  • Do they have glass that offers heat and UV protection?

Window styles for optimum sunlight supply:

Not only is the window style an important choice to make, but the type of glass is as well. Choosing windows with energy-efficient glass can support the balance of energy within your home. This can protect you from the harsh heat of the sun rays and offer UV protection. It can also be very cost-efficient by decreasing the use of your lights and electricity. To read more in-depth about energy-efficient glass check out our blog post.

Having a space in your home for mental wellness

Home improvement projects can have a very positive impact on your mood. Not only do you feel like you’re being productive and achieving a goal, but now you have something to show for it and to enjoy! Incorporating wellness design into your home such as a sunroom, reading nook, or wellness room can give you a place to relax and unwind. Having a designated space is a great way to influence positive feelings, foster creativity, and bring peace and serenity to both you and your home.

Woman reading on a couch by windows

Another added benefit to having a wellness room, whether that be a sunroom or designated room, is that it can increase the curb appeal of your home. Curb appeal is the general attractiveness of your home to prospective buyers. Making home improvements like this to your home can increase the attraction from guests, and be a great selling point if you choose to sell your house in the future.

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Written By: Marlena Martin


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