No, we aren’t talking about stress here. We literally mean lighten up by bringing as much natural light into your office setting as possible to improve your health.
A study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, published in the June Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, reported that office workers exposed to higher levels of natural light during the work day enjoyed longer sleep duration and higher sleep quality which appeared to make them more physically active and improve their quality of life.
“There is increasing evidence that exposure to light, during the day, particularly in the morning, is beneficial to your health via its effects on mood, alertness and metabolism,” reported study leader Phyllis Zee, M.D., a Northwestern Medicine neurologist and sleep specialist. “Workers are a group at risk because they are typically indoors often without access to natural or even artificial bright light for the entire day. The study results confirm that light during the natural daylight hours has powerful effects on health.”
The study involved 27 workers relegated to windowless offices and 22 workers with access to abundant natural light.. Self reported forms were used to measure sleep quality using the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index. Light exposure and activity was measured using wrist band monitoring devices.
The study author pointed out the light is one of most important synchronizing between the brain and the body and without it an individual can suffer negative health consequences.
So the next time you get on your TrekDesk Treadmill Desk to start work it would be a good idea to make certain those office shades are pulled open as much as possible. You can read more about this study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep.