In this blog post we take you through some of the health benefits of natural light in your home, and how you can use blinds to maintain privacy while reaping the rewards of those benefits.
Our skin absorbs vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is a vital nutrient to help reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as other health benefits including the prevention of bone loss, weight gain and some cancers. You can absorb Vitamin D whether you’re inside or out, as long as the light is natural sunlight. Having your curtains or opaque binds shut during the day stops sunlight from entering your home. Day blinds offer that ideal balance between letting natural light into your home whilst maintaining your privacy.
We all know that not getting enough sleep can make us seriously grumpy, but did you know that being exposed to natural light early in the day can actually help us to sleep better at night? In a study in the US Journal of Sleep Health, researchers discovered that people who were exposed to higher amounts of natural light during the morning hours, between 8 a.m. and midday, fell asleep more quickly at night and enjoyed better sleep throughout the night, compared to people who only experienced low levels of light in the morning. We recommend opening your curtains or blinds first thing in the morning to let as much natural light in as possible. Venetian blinds, shutters and day/night blinds can all help to maintain privacy whilst you let the light in.
As the name suggests, Seasonal Affective Disorder is a depressive disorder which affects people seasonally. The less severe although still serious winter blues can also make people feel low. The days getting shorter, mornings and evenings being darker, and having less opportunity to enjoy natural sunlight can bring about the onset of these seasonal depressive disorders. Using blinds to maintain privacy while allowing the limited natural light to enter your home can be an important act in combating Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you work in a building with limited natural light, you can talk to your employer about taking regular breaks to get outside or into a naturally lit room.
Contact us to arrange a free consultation in your home. We will bring our design tools to help you pick the perfect blinds for each room, complete a thorough measuring service and quotation. All of this is free, we only charge you for the blinds themselves. We will even fit the blinds expertly as part of the free service! Remember, if you are feeling really low, please seek help from a medical professional. This article is not offering medical advice.