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SURPRISE! Sunlight Helps uS Sleep

SURPRISE! Sunlight Helps uS Sleep

If I had to guess, you prefer darkness while sleeping. But did you know that Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, “has a lot of health benefits for our body?”


It turns out that even small amount of sunlight can help us to fall asleep at night.


When our skin is exposed to sunlight, Vitamin D is produced, which leads to your body producing a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Serotonin is one of the primary neurotransmitters which regulate our mood and make us feel happy. That alone, is enough reason to get more sunlight. But more significantly for our purposes, serotonin is a precursor to melatonin!


In effect, getting more sunlight (especially in the morning) increases your levels of melatonin. This means you can fall asleep much more easily each night!


This is all part of the natural cycles of your body every day. Natalie Dautovich from the National Sleep Foundation recommends opening the curtains or eating breakfast on a sunny porch for this reason.


While the sunny porch may not be applicable for the Winter months, even a little bit of sunlight hitting your face and hands is enough to trigger a Vitamin D and serotonin release.


Bottom line, get out in the yard and find a way to get a few minutes of sunlight in every season. That extra sunlight, no matter how small, will help you get more Vitamin D, release more serotonin and ultimately help you sleep better.