Sunlight boosts productivity at the office

7 June 2013

New health research has revealed the importance of natural light at work, suggesting it improves mood and productivity. Scientists from Oxford University say employees who sit next to the window on sunny days are more alert, happier and harder working than those who sit in the middle of the office under artificial lights.

The study showed a lack of exposure to bright natural lighting can cause early signs of dementia to develop, resulting in poor memory and mental performance, along with disrupted sleep patterns.

Sunlight increases the body’s production of serotonin, a feel good chemical which boosts happiness and energy levels. Oxford University neuroscientist, Russell Foster, said: “This can have a real impact on the quality of your sleep and this has a knock-on effect on your brain function. The better light, the better sleep, the sharper you are.”

If your desk is central, well away from sunlight, experts recommend going for a pre-work walk to give the brain a boost. Failing that, maintaining a healthy, nutrient-rich diet will improve brain power and fight fatigue. Have a mineral level test done to ensure you’re getting enough magnesium and vitamin B, both of which promote alertness.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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