Trouble Sleeping? Get More Sunlight

The key to a better night’s sleep may be right outside your window. A recent study showed that office workers who had a window with a view outside had a better quality of sleep than those who worked in a windowless office.

The study,†published online as a supplement to the journal†Sleep, looked at the sleep quality of 49 office workers, 27 who work in workspaces without windows, and 22 with windows in their workspace. As reported in Forbes magazine, “Compared to workers in windowless offices, those with windows received 173 percent more natural white light exposure during work hours and slept an average of 46 minutes more per night.”

They also found that those exposed to natural light all day tended to be more physically active overall and reported having a better quality of life in general.

Further, Discovery Health reports on research that shows that the time of day that people are exposed to the sun is also important. Morning sunlight is even better than later in the day. Morning light improves sleep because it helps to regulate our natural clocks or, our circadian rhythm, and helps to reset these clocks.

They report that the best time of day to get in the sun is between 6 and 8:30 a.m. because thatís when our bodyís clocks are the most responsive to the sunlight. And, for an even bigger boost, try to stay directly in that morning sun for half an hour.

Although increased time in the morning sun is ideal, getting more sunlight any time of day will help. If you are stuck inside an office without windows, use your lunch break, take an afternoon break, or try to make time before work to get outside. Or, why not start your own small garden, even if it’s on your balcony or patio, to soak up the sun and get your day started in a positive way.

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Cheryl Khan
Cheryl Khan3 years ago

June T. what isn't working for you? The sunlight remedy? I'm curious to know :)

Freddy Jones
Freddy Jones3 years ago

Thanks for the share, plenty of sunshine here in the Caribbean, all year round....

Miranda Lyon
Miranda Lyon3 years ago

Getting enough sunshine is not a problem here in the Sonoran Desert.

Cheryl Khan
Cheryl Khan3 years ago

There's definitely a connection between light and the amount - and quality - of sleep we get! I recently researched this as well as several other tips to help us all get healthy sleep at night. Though I focused more on interior light control, obviously the sun is a great source of natural light to help you sleep better once it's set!

If you're interested, you are more than welcome to check out my post here! I hope you find it useful, I certainly did!

Philipa Longley
Philipa Longley3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers3 years ago

Thank you.

KAREN L.3 years ago


Lamees J.
Lamees J.3 years ago

Thanks for the article, nice to keep in mind..especially since I'm currently finding it super hard to fall asleep!

Sam Antha
Sam Antha3 years ago

Thanks for the info :)

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago

Makes very good sense!