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Natural light in office boosts health

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Posted in Science on 11th Aug, 2014 03:17 AM by AlexMuller

Office workers with more light exposure from the natural environment at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, reports a new study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

The study highlights the importance of exposure to natural light to employee health and the priority architectural designs of office environments should place on natural daylight exposure for workers, the study authors said. Employees with windows in the workplace received 173 percent more white light exposure during work hours and slept an average of 46 minutes more per night than employees who did not have the natural light exposure in the workplace.

 
There also was a trend for workers in offices with windows to have more physical activity than those without windows. Workers without windows reported poorer scores than their counterparts on quality of life measures related to physical problems and vitality, as well as poorer outcomes on measures of overall sleep quality and sleep disturbances.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-11
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This findings are expected and it is good to see a study that confirms them. Light regulates melatonin and this in turn contributes to regulate sleep - daylight stimulates activity Reply


 

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