“I got sunshine in my pocket!” And if you don’t, you should because there are a variety of benefits to sun exposure. Of course, do keep in mind that too much of it can cause sunburn and trigger those early signs of aging (wrinkles, sunspots, and sagging of the skin), but with just the right amount you’ll feel better than ever. In general, about 5 to 15 minutes — up to 30 if you’re dark-skinned — is about right to get the most out of it without any worry.
Sunlight Can Boost Mood
It’s no secret that cloudy days can make us feel bummed and blue. Did you know that sunlight can make us feel more excited and energetic? According to Yoga International, “when light enters the eye, it stimulates neurons in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that influences mood. These nerve impulses travel to the pineal gland, which regulates serotonin, the so-called feel-good hormone that’s linked to mood. On the other hand, when it’s dark, the pineal gland secretes melatonin, a hormone that controls sleep patterns by causing drowsiness.”
Sunlight Can Improve Sleep
As we mentioned before, light impacts the levels of serotonin and melatonin in your body. Well, early morning sunlight can help people get to sleep at night. Light helps regulate your body’s internal clock.
Sunlight Can Improve Memory And Cognition
Sleep isn’t the only thing that can improve brain function. According to VitaVibes, sun exposure may cause your body to produce compounds that improve memory and learning.
Sunlight Can Decrease Appetite
Did you know that the same part of the brain that is responsible for mood is also responsible for appetite? According to Yoga International, eating in a dimly lit or dark environment may cause us to eat more. So the point is, make sure to eat in a well-lit environment to avoid overeating.
Sunlight Can Improve Eyesight
Gaining moderate amounts of sun exposure, primarily during the teen and young adult years can reduce the likelihood of having difficulty seeing things at a distance later in life. Don’t forget that too much direct sunlight can hurt your eyes.
Sunlight Provides Vitamin D
Sunlight is great for your bones and the immune system. It helps you take in and use certain minerals, like calcium and phosphorus. According to Consumer Reports, “It’s absolutely essential to promote absorption of calcium, the mineral that helps keep bones strong,” says Clifford Rosen, M.D., an osteoporosis researcher at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough.”