The Benefits of Sunlight
Waking up can be a difficult feat. It is incredibly tempting to press the snooze button for those extra savory minutes of sleep. As a college student, I am fully aware of the challenge when it comes to waking up in the morning. However, pressing the snooze button might be hindering your ability to sleep later at night. Instead, get up and get some sunlight.
Did you know that getting 15 minutes of sunlight at dawn and at dusk can help your brain produce serotonin and melatonin a feel good and sleep hormone? Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and often improves your mood, while melatonin helps you sleep.
With Summer officially over, I understand it is hard to wake up early in the morning. The decision to wake up 15 minutes earlier might be a bit difficult, but it can be completely beneficial for your health.
Today, I want to encourage everyone to go outside during the morning and night for 15 short minutes. Try to use this time to disconnect from technology and take a moment for yourself to be fully present.
You will be surprised to see what the sunlight and sunset does for your day.
If you are interested in learning more about sleep hygiene, make sure to check out this article by our very own, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner.
Love and light,