Enhancing your sleep

Photo of clouds shows how viewing sunlight outside each morning and evening promotes better, healthier sleep.

You may have tried various sleep tricks to achieve a good night’s sleep, from breathwork and CBD to gadgets and apps.

However, despite your efforts, insomnia might still be an issue. The good news is that the secret to enhanced sleep might be simpler than you think.

According to neuroscientists at Stanford University, one of the most important practices for healthy sleep is viewing sunlight each morning.

Step outside

To make the most of this technique, it is recommended that you go outside within 30 to 60 minutes of waking and view between two and 10 minutes of outdoor light. You should also repeat this in the later afternoon, prior to sunset.

Not only does viewing sunlight balance your circadian rhythms, but it also triggers an increase in cortisol, epinephrine, and dopamine, all of which are hormones key to improving immune system function, mood, and energy.

This simple habit also starts a timer for the onset of melatonin, which helps our bodies understand when it’s time to wind down and get ready for sleep, leading to a better night’s sleep.

More effective

It is worth noting that this habit is much more effective when you actually go outside to view sunlight, rather than taking it in through a window.

If you wake up before the sun rises, you can turn on artificial lights or use a SAD lamp, and then go outside once the sun rises.

Getting outside in the morning is not only easy, but it’s also free, and one of the biggest wellbeing tips for a healthier life all around.

Promoting metabolic wellbeing, hormone system function, and mental health, is perhaps the most important thing that any and all of us can do.

Good night’s sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for your overall health and wellbeing.

By viewing sunlight first thing in the morning, your body understands when it is time to wake up and start the day. Conversely, by viewing sunlight in the late afternoon, your body begins to wind down and prepare for sleep.

By prioritizing this easy habit, you can enjoy a better night’s sleep and feel more energized and focused throughout the day.