Updated: Apr 1, 2021
March 20th marked the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere, the day when the earth is positioned exactly 90° from the sun. The change ushered in more daylight and an unspoken invitation to do more outdoors. As we rise from a year long quarantine flow, the season's change is a welcomed new beginning and opportunity to reset. This spring be intentional about your access to daylight. Whether you shift your home work space to access the most light, or get outdoors midday just to soak in the sun.
Research on our exposure to daylight underscores the benefits of embracing the season. A 2019 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, evaluated the impact of optimized daylight and outside views on the sleep and cognitive performance of office workers. Researchers found that participants that worked in an office with optimal daylight and outdoor views slept longer at night and scored higher on cognitive assessments than participants without it.
How will you move into the light this spring?
References: Boubekri, M., Lee, J., MacNaughton, P., Woo, M., Schuyler, L., Tinianov, B., & Satish, U. (2020). The impact of optimized daylight and views on the sleep duration and cognitive performance of office workers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(9), 3219. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093219