Sunrooms are bright, beautiful spaces that can improve the look and feel of any home. Many people love sunrooms for their gorgeous designs, view of the outdoors and increased home value. While these are all great reasons to invest in a sunroom, what can a sunroom do for you, personally?
Sunrooms provide you with a space to relax and enjoy nature without actually bringing the elements indoors. You can watch the rain or snow from the comfort of your home with ease. Additionally, sunrooms make great exercise or workspaces — they give you something interesting to look at while you work. What you might not know is you can enjoy excellent health benefits when you sit in your sunroom, too.
1. Boosts Your Mood
Sun exposure is linked to serotonin increases, making sunrooms great for mental health. Serotonin is a chemical produced by nerve cells and is thought to play a role in mood regulation. It assists in stabilizing your mood and can help remedy feelings of sadness. Bright sunlight can trigger a release of serotonin in your brain, making you feel more focused and happier when you get a good dose of light during the day.
2. Offers Stress Relief
Sitting under unnatural lights and staring at your phone, TV or computer screen all day can strain your eyes and make you feel tenser. While you might not feel the effects of sitting indoors under unnatural lighting at first, it can take an invisible toll on you.
Fluorescent lighting, in particular, increases the discomfort of people with anxiety disorders. Harsh, unnatural lights can strain your senses and potentially even trigger headaches. Getting a dose of refreshing sunlight can help you feel less stressed and anxious. Reduce stress even more by doing some stretching or yoga in the sun.
Turning your sunroom into a designated relaxation space can change your daily mindset. Put chairs, cushions and even a small TV in your sunroom to transform it into a place for unwinding. Do crafts, read, exercise or lounge in your sunroom and leave work elsewhere. Having a designated relaxation space with sunlight and a view of the outdoors can help you de-stress and feel refreshed after a long day.
3. Provides Essential Vitamin D
Natural light has some excellent health benefits outside of mood and stress improvement. Getting a good dose of sunlight every day, along with eating food rich in vitamin D, can help increase your levels of essential vitamin D. Vitamin D has lots of health benefits — it helps strengthen bones, improves heart health and supports better immune function.
Regular sun exposure can help provide your body with Vitamin D, improving your overall health and giving your system a much-needed boost. You’ll feel better mentally and physically with a healthier body. When you feel great, you’ll perform better and have more energy for fun.
4. Mitigates Winter Slumps
Many people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) when winter arrives. The short days and reduced sun exposure can lead to you experiencing SAD and struggling with symptoms like:
- Feeling depressed most days
- Loss of interest in social activities and hobbies
- Difficulty concentrating
- Changes in appetite
While we don’t know exactly what causes SAD, light therapy is a popular treatment for alleviating symptoms — getting as much light, especially sunlight, as possible can provide relief. Spending the day working in your sunroom instead of a room with few windows can provide you with extra light and reduce your winter blues.
5. Can Help Skin Conditions
Sunlight carries ultraviolet (UV) radiation in its rays. Exposure to UV radiation can help treat some medical conditions with limited light therapy. Those with psoriasis or eczema can see symptom relief with periodic UV treatment. If you have a skin condition that could benefit from light therapy, talk with your doctor to see whether sitting in your sunroom for certain amounts of time might help.
6. Increases Energy
Pair your sunroom time with exercise to enjoy an energy increase. The warmth and brightness of the sun help revitalize your mind and body — a good dose of sunlight allows you to reset and get moving again.
If you’re feeling low energy, a quick sunroom exercise session can make you feel better than ever. Even a simple stretching session or a short walk around the sunroom gives you access to energy-improving sunlight. After a short sunroom break, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle your next task.
7. Promotes Better Sleep
While bright light in the evening can interfere with your sleep, getting a decent amount of light in the morning can help you fall asleep earlier and sleep better. Light influences our circadian rhythms, telling our bodies to wake up and get energized for the day. Minimal sunlight in your home can have you feeling lethargic and sleepy throughout the day. Getting sun in the morning and afternoon keeps you awake during the day so you can sleep better at night.
Make your sunroom part of your morning routine — you’ll get the health benefits of natural light and sleep better in the evening with early morning sunlight.
8. Provides Green Space
Sunrooms don’t just provide us with light — they can act as mini greenrooms for indoor plants. Cultivating an indoor plant space can provide us with a sense of purpose. Caring for plants allows you to get a taste of nature inside and helps brighten up your home, improving your mood and making the space feel more alive.
Additionally, cultivating plants can have a positive effect on your mental state, improving your mood and mental health as you work with greenery. You’ll enjoy a more relaxed state of mind as you tend to your indoor plants in your sunroom.
Enjoy Healthier, Happier Living With a Sunroom From Evolution Sunrooms
Looking for a high-quality, luxurious sunroom for your home? At Evolution Sunrooms, we offer the most advanced sunrooms in New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania. Our Pultrex framing and patented Amilock systems ensure your sunroom is highly efficient, well-insulated and seamless. Our precision-cut sunrooms arrive at your home ready for assembly, so you don’t have to worry about intrusive construction.
Bring the outdoors indoors with a sunroom and start enjoying 365-living now. If you’re interested in fitting your home with a four-season sunroom, contact us for your free quote today!