There’s no shortage of studies showing how lighting affects our mood and productivity. In fact, a study just recently released in March 2018 shows over a third of workers are adversely affected by a lack of natural light in their office.
According to the poll conducted by Lamp Shop Online, lighting that’s too bright or so weak that workers have to strain their eyes to read are also common bugbears.
While employees can request additional lighting in their place of work or ask for more subtle alternatives to be installed when it’s too bright, major changes that afford more natural light are often non-starters due to the associated costs.
However, you do have a say when it comes to getting more natural light in your house, and that’s particularly good for people who have the flexibility to work from home.
Here are some of the benefits:
First and foremost, poor lighting is associated with several health complaints, including eyestrain, blurred vision, dry eyes and headaches. These complaints occur because of unwanted glare and flicker on computer screens; glare and flicker that your eyes have to ultimately compensate for.
Furthermore, spinal complaints and other musculoskeletal issues have also been attributed to poor lighting conditions as people adopt awkward sitting positions to compensate for the inadequate light they are working under.
Obviously, anything that detrimentally impacts your health isn’t good, which is why any measures that bring more natural light into your work environment should be encouraged.
Grow you productivity
Lighting also has the ability to influence your efficiency and productivity. For example, one study found that people who work in predominantly artificial light are more likely to feel tired towards the end of the day than those who work in environments flooded with natural light. As a result, workers in environments with lots of natural light are able to continue working for longer.
A strong correlation has also been found between exposure to natural light during work hours and sleep, activity and quality of life.
The study published in the Journal of Sleep Medicine in June 2014 found that employees with windows in the workplace got 173% more white light exposure during their working day and slept 46 minutes more each night, on average. Workers without windows also reported lower scores when it came to quality of life measures related to physical problems and vitality than their counterparts with windows.
Improve your mood
In addition to being more productive, employees who work in environments with more natural light are happier too. Indeed, research from Swiss scientist Mirjam Müench shows that exposure to sunlight makes people happier and more focused and attentive.
Exposure to sunlight has also been linked to lower levels of depression and stress. That’s why installing rooflights in your home office is becoming increasingly popular among homeworkers and those wanting to add a feeling of greater space and light into their home generally.
Finally, sunlight is an excellent source of vitamin D, which is an essential mineral for everyone. It has numerous benefits, including body weight maintenance, immune system regulation and asthma symptom control. It can also help to keep our brains working more efficiently in later life, but more about that later….
Rooflights are one of the best and most cost-effective ways to let more natural light into your home.
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