Employees and Natural Light

Friday, December 12, 2014

Employees with more exposure to natural light at the office sleep longer, are more physically active and have a better quality of life, according to recent research. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the findings of a study on natural light in the workplace in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Exposure to natural light during the work day may benefit employees by improving their sleep and quality of life.

Researchers looked at 49 day-shift office workers22 in workplaces with windows and 27 in windowless workplaces.

Compared with those with little light exposure, workers with more exposure to natural light slept longer and better at night, got more exercise and had a better quality of life.

Researchers said that the association seen in the study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. But there is increasing evidence that exposure to light during the day, particularly in the morning, is beneficial to your health.

Light is the most important synchronizing agent for the brain and body and is believed to have an effect on a persons mood, alertness and metabolism.

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 was published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.