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Trouble Sleeping? Get More Sunlight

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 that’s when our body’s 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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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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7:45AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

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

6:21PM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

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

4:21PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

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

4:12PM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

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!

3:42AM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

4:04PM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

Thank you.

7:26AM PDT on Jul 10, 2013


1:03AM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

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

11:29PM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

Thanks for the info :)

1:12AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

Makes very good sense!

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Good Info. Thanks.

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