9 Ways a Lack of Sun is Killing You
How is a lack of sun killing you? Let us count the ways…
We all know that too much sun can cause cancer, but even a lack of sunlight has been linked to certain cancers. Vitamin D deficiencies can lead to the development of prostate and breast cancer, memory loss, and an increased risk for developing dementia and schizophrenia.
Can a sunlight deficit be as harmful to your heart as too many cheeseburgers? Research shows that Vitamin D deficiencies in men caused by not enough sunlight make them twice as likely to develop heart disease.
If you’re not careful, a lack of sunlight can actually lead to a form of clinical depression. The less sunlight we see in the winter months, the more likely we are to develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Symptoms of SAD can be extreme: mood swings, anxiety, sleep problems, or even suicidal thoughts.
If you’re a woman, it is 200% more likely that you will develop SAD than the average male. The average age of onset of SAD is between 18 and 30 years of age, and SAD is nearly non-existent in people over the age of 60.
Laying in bed at night scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed has a big impact on your brain. Once the sun goes down, artificial lights emitted by your electronics can create serious sleep problems. Too much light in your eyes from computer or phone screens can throw off your circadian rhythm (your body’s internal clock) which can create significant restlessness and potentially insomnia in the future.
A lack of sunlight can even impair your child’s eye development. Want your child to be able to read street signs while they’re driving? Turns out, children who spend more time outside reduce their risk of nearsightedness. So say bye-bye video games, and hello frisbee golf.
Avoiding daylight can also effect your ability to beat the flu. The extra hours we choose to spend on our phone or computer rather than sleeping come at a high cost. The amount of sleep you get directly affects your body’s immune system and how fast your body can heal itself.
Pulling excessive all-nighters or working the night shift? Your health begs you to reconsider. Those who spend an extended time at night exposed to artificial lights have shown an inclination to the development of breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
Exposure to sunlight can help prevent obesity. Along with Vitamin D, the sun also supplies us with Nitric Oxide (NO). NO is imperative to the human body as a tool for regulating important physiological processes, including metabolism. Proper exposure to NO from the sun will help keep your metabolism running smoothly and discourage overeating.
So did you get enough light today? Learn more about how SunSprite can help you find out.