It’s the middle of summer and we’re talking about mood lifting. Not really the time, right? On the contrary. This is the perfect time and here’s why: You are in the high season of sun and fun. You’re sleeping better, feeling better and generally in high spirits. It feels good. Now think back to last January when the grey clouds were the norm and you could hardly wait for summer. You felt tired, low, slower and more emotional than usual.
There’s a reason for that that I want to share with you today - and at the end, I’ll let you know why I’m sharing this “untimely information” in mid summer.
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.
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.
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.
You can see now, why darkness makes us sad and light brings out the best in us, right? And why bring it up now? Because now is the time to prepare. Now is the time to soak in all the good light and not forget the feeling. Now is when we use our awareness of how good light is for us, to plan ahead for the darker months ahead.
It’s time to put a plan in place now, to make sure you’ve got a lifted mood this winter.
What can you do?
Add a skylight to your home. They allow the daylight in and softly scatter it throughout the home no matter how dark it might be outside. They also give rooms 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.
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!