A cure to depression that works finally here. Research shows people suffering from depression need daylight. Unique Home Building, experts at home design, wants to let you in on the secret.
We need daylight, for example to regulate our biological clock, which needs light to makes us feel fresh and well-rested in the morning and tired at night. But also during the day, daylight affects our well-being and our mood. Daylight affects human performance too. Swedish research has shown that students in windowless classrooms have much more trouble concentrating and cooperating than students in classrooms with good daylight.
Daylight indoors is a combination of sunlight, skylight and reflected daylight.
Sunlight is light radiated directly from the sun that shines in through the windows. It gives the room character with strong light and shadow effects while reaching further into the home especially in spring and autumn when the sun is low in the sky.
- Is the part of the daylight that is scattered and redirected by the atmosphere. It can be available together with sunlight, or alone (eg. on cloudy or overcast sky conditions).
- Gives the room a soft and uniform light, but decreases with the distance to the window. A good rule of thumb is that you should be able to see the sky from the areas in the room where you need plenty of daylight.
Darkness and depression
- The darker the season, the more light our organism needs. When there is not enough light, the production of the hormone serotonin decreases and the production of the sleep hormone melatonin in the brain increases. In other words, on dark winter days our bodies feel as if we are on our way to bed.
Using skylights not only ease symptoms of depression but also enhance the beauty and design of the house. Natural light is allowed to enter into a room from above, giving modern look to the room.
All in all, adding skylights to the home is a wonderful way to increase the mood and better your overall health. Of course it's important to nurture the other parts of your life, but this is a great first step and way to feel good in the process. At Unique Home Building, we are happy to help you determine exactly what's best for you and your home. Contact us today!