4 Reasons Why Morning Sunshine Is Your Ultimate Wellness Booster

February 26, 2024

4 Reasons why morning sunshine is your ultimate wellness booster

We’ve long cherished the ritual of stepping outside to get our Earthing on, but we’ve recently learned about the health benefits of going outside first thing in the morning. Research suggests that exposure to daylight within 30-60 minutes of waking up can be a game-changer for your well-being. It’s not just about the feel-good factor; it’s about tapping into the profound health benefits of morning sunlight.

Let’s delve into four reasons why integrating this simple yet powerful practice into your daily routine can enhance your life in ways you might not have imagined!

  1. It regulates your circadian rhythm.

    Ever wonder why you feel more energized and alert during the day after a good night’s sleep? It’s all about your circadian rhythm, your body’s internal clock that regulates sleep-wake cycles. Exposure to morning light helps synchronize this flow, signalling to your body that it’s time to wake up and seize the day. By soaking in those early sunbeams, you’re not only setting yourself up for a productive day but also preparing your body for high-quality sleep when it’s bedtime.

  2. It boosts your mood.

    If you’ve been feeling sad and sluggish, morning light has been shown to lift your spirits! Exposure to AM sunshine stimulates serotonin production and suppresses melatonin production, the hormone that regulates sleep, leading to increased alertness and improved mood. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with conditions like seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or depression. So, before reaching for that first cup of coffee, try stepping outside to let the sun work its magic.

  3. It enhances your cognitive function.

    Time to sharpen your focus with a dose of sunshine! Studies have found that exposure to daylight when you wake up can improve cognitive function, including memory, attention, and problem-solving skills. To start your day with a clear mind, take advantage of that energizing sunrise before tackling your to-do list.

  4. It promotes overall health and well-being.

    From regulating your metabolism and immune function to supporting healthy skin and vitamin D production, morning light plays a key role in keeping your body and mind in tip-top shape. The synthesis of vitamin D alone is crucial for bone health and immune function.

Now that you know how important it is to rise and shine, we wanted to share our favourite ways to take in the morning sun:

  • Taking our dog for a walk
  • Exercising, stretching and doing yoga
  • Eating breakfast
  • Working and reading
  • Meditating

Note that we’re usually just getting a quick walk in throughout the winter, but 10-20 minutes of light exposure is all you need to reap the benefits! We hope you can prioritize waking up and soaking in the morning rays, even if it’s just a few times a week. It’s such an easy habit that can lead to a happier and healthier you!

Stay grounded!