There should be 30 minutes of natural light per day awareness

18 Sep 2019

We all know that we’re supposed to eat 5 fruit and veg a day, right? In fact, this concept has been so deeply ingrained in us that brands advertise their food products as “1 of your 5 a day”. What about the 10,000 steps a day challenge? Do you obsessively try to reach 10,000 steps on a daily basis?

Our body’s need for fruits and vegetables and to be active daily has become accepted knowledge about our wellbeing. And yet, our need to be exposed to at least 30 minutes of natural light every day,- and to avoid bright blue light 30 minutes before going to bed has been overlooked.

We’re more conscious of meditation, yoga, matcha facials and honey and lemon hair masks than we are of the simple act of getting daylight- and the immediate effects this has on our energy levels and sleep quality.

Popping outside for a short walk or just to sit during the day makes us feel energised, while sitting at our desks, especially during the later hours of the afternoon makes us feel sleepy and it can be difficult to concentrate. Correct? And how many times have you struggled to fall asleep after spending time on your screen, watching TV or being on your phone?

What can we do to raise awareness of this? Imagine a national campaign that promoted the importance of getting natural light for at least 30 minutes per day and the ability to record this like your steps are recorded on your smartphone (LYS has the solution by the way but we’re not here to promote that).

It’s time that awareness of how light intake impacts our health and wellbeing comes to the forefront of discussion. So yes, eat your five fruit and veg and get your 10K steps but don’t forget about 30 minutes of natural light, please.