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Natural light is essential to a happy and healthy lifestyle for your family, and windows are the perfect way to let in more sunlight. David Knight, from roof window retailer Roof Windows 4 You, gives us the four top benefits of incorporating natural light into your home. From improved health and wellbeing to better child development and learning, letting more natural light into your home can have so many positive implications for your children. Whether you add more vertical windows to walls or integrate windows and skylights into your roof, I’ll be telling you how your family can benefit from incorporating more natural light in your home.
With technology becoming such a huge part of our children’s lives, it’s estimated that they’re now spending over two hours online and just under two hours in front of the TV each day (Ofcom). Consequently, they’re spending less time outdoors and developing health problems as a result. In fact, children who spend more than three hours online each day are 79% more likely to be overweight or obese and those who spend less than three hours, but at least half an hour, online are 53% more likely to be overweight (Parliament).
Natural lighting isn’t going to tackle the UK’s obesity problem directly, but it can lower the health risks often associated with weight, such as high blood pressure and heart disease. Sunlight gives us vitamin D which is needed for the body to absorb calcium and phosphate from our food, both of which are essential for maintaining healthy bones, teeth and muscles and are very important for healthy child development (NHS). The vitamin D in sunlight can also help the body protect itself from inflammation and even some cancers.
You’ve probably seen loads of headlines in the news saying that increased screen time, especially on social media, can have some negative implications on the mental health of the younger generation. Natural light can improve the wellbeing of your children by boosting the release of the ‘feel good’ hormone, serotonin — that’s why you usually feel happier in the sun!
Improved academic performance
Numerous studies have shown that natural lighting in offices can provide a significant boost to productivity levels, and the same goes for your little ones. I’ve already mentioned that natural light improves health and wellbeing, but it can also help to increase efficiency and focus, which is great if your children have a hard time concentrating on their homework.
Improved sleeping patterns
We’ve all been in the position of trying to put our little ones to bed when they’re simply “not tired”. Natural light helps to keep our circadian rhythm — better known as our 24-hour body clock — on track, which means that regular exposure to daylight can improve your children’s sleep.
Artificial lighting gives our body the impression that it’s daytime all the time, which can make it difficult to drift off at night, leading to drowsiness during the day. Incorporating natural lighting into your child’s room means they’re more likely to wake up when it gets light in the morning and go to sleep when it’s dark at night, correcting their sleep pattern and making it easier for you to get them to go to bed.
There are so many benefits of incorporating natural light into your home. Simply by adding a few extra windows, you can improve the health, wellbeing, productivity and sleep of your whole family.