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Bring in more natural light to help beat drowsiness
Friday, 15 January · 1 min read

During the winter months, the nights are longer and the days are shorter. This means that we get less natural light during the day.

A lack of sunlight can disrupt your sleep cycle and make you feel more sleepy during the day. This is because your body makes more of a hormone called melatonin. When it’s dark, your body produces melatonin to tell your brain that it’s time to sleep.

So if you’re feeling drowsy during the darker months, it’s a good idea to try to get more natural light during the day, to reduce melatonin production and help regulate your sleep cycle.

You could try:

  • opening your curtains and blinds as soon as you wake up to let in the sunlight
  • taking a 10- to 15-minute walk in the middle of the day
  • making your work and home as light and airy as possible
Quote of the day

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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As well as decreasing how much melatonin your body makes, exposure to sunlight increases your production of the hormone serotonin.
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