Can a skylight really improve your health?

Research suggests that natural light is the home improvement that many property owners desire most, particularly in densely populated areas in towns and cities where buildings tend to be crammed closely together. Our homes are typically constructed with small windows that restrict the amount of light that can enter, while north-facing windows, or ones that overlook a neighbouring building or an obstacle such as a fence or a tree, also mean that the interior can be gloomy, even in the brightest weather.

Increasing the amount of natural light in our homes by installing a skylight can add value to the property and make it more attractive to buyers, and reduce our carbon footprint by restricting our dependency on electricity. However, there are also some powerful benefits to our health and wellbeing.

The health benefits of skylights

Natural light is proven to enhance mood. Production of vitamin D occurs when we are exposed to ultraviolet light and low levels are strongly associated with depressive symptoms and poor self-esteem. The addition of a single skylight could increase the amount of natural light in a room by up to 40%, making dark and dingy living a thing of the past.

Increasing natural light in the home stimulates the mind, helping us to stay alert and focused instead of feeling constantly drowsy. In fact, the more daylight we are exposed to during the daytime, the less darkness we require to fall asleep at night.

Natural light boosts the immune system, helping to fight off harmful bacteria and viruses and helping you recover more quickly from illness.

Sunlight helps to suppress blood pressure, playing a key part in preventing potentially life-limiting conditions affecting the heart and circulatory system, such as stroke and heart attack.

A skylight also provides a stream of fresh air into your home, recycling stale air, which is beneficial to your respiratory system, and reduces harmful microbes that could cause infection to you or your family.

With winter truly underway and spring offering the prospect of longer days and more sunshine, now is the perfect time to install a skylight in your home, with the health and wellbeing of your whole family sure to benefit in the long run.

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