In addition to making cramped spaces feel more spacious, natural light provides several health benefits. Read on to learn what they are.
Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D From the Sun
Sunlight can help prevent Vitamin D deficiency, which is a lot more common than you might think. More than half of the planet’s inhabitants don’t get enough Vitamin D, but luckily getting enough sunlight can help your skin produce more of this essential nutrient. If you’re not the outdoorsy type, there’s no need for you to go outside to enjoy the same benefits—the sunlight passing through the picture windows in your living room will suffice.
Get a Better Night’s Sleep
Getting enough Vitamin D can also help improve sleep quality. One study has shown that having low levels of Vitamin D can contribute to poor sleep quality, often resulting in less than five hours of snooze time. In addition to this, sunlight also plays an important role in regulating the circadian rhythms that control our sleep cycles: The warm, soft light you can only receive from natural light sends a signal to our bodies to start getting ready for sleep.
Reduce Your Risk for Depression
Along the same lines, if you’re not getting enough sleep due to a lack of Vitamin D, your mental health may deteriorate, increasing your risk for depression.
How to Improve Natural Lighting Indoors
Given all these health benefits, improving the natural lighting inside your home is certainly worth the time and effort, but what’s the most cost-effective way to do this? Installing bigger windows, like picture or bay window units, or letting the outdoors in with glass patio doors are both good options.
Contractors recommend getting a window or patio door with glass glazing to prevent heat from the sun from entering your home. After all, you can have too much of a good thing. If you’re looking for energy-efficient replacement windows and patio doors. Renewal by Andersen’s High Performance™ Low-E4® glass is more efficient by 56% in the summer and 47% in the winter than the glass in a standard dual-pane window.
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