Sunlight And Serotonin

We’ve all heard about how too much sun can be harmful to your skin. But did you know that the correct balance can have many mood-lifting benefits?

Sunlight and darkness trigger a release of hormones in our brains. Being exposed to sunlight is thought to increase your brain’s release of serotonin which is a hormone. Serotonin is commonly associated with boosting your mood and also assisting in making you feel focused and calm. At night, the darker light will trigger your brain to make another hormone that is called melatonin. This hormone is what helps you sleep at night.

If you do not get enough sun exposure, your serotonin levels generally take a dip. And lower levels of serotonin can be associated with a much higher risk of depression with seasonal patterns, this was formerly known as seasonal affective disorder or SAD. This type of depression is triggered by the changing seasons.

Having a bit of a mood boost isn’t the only reason to increase the amount of sunlight you are getting. Many other health benefits are associated with getting a moderate amount of sun rays.

A decrease in sun exposure has often been associated with a dip in serotonin levels, which can also lead to bad cases of depression with seasonal patterns. The light-induced effects of serotonin are commonly triggered by sunlight that goes in through the eyes. The sunlight you see cues certain areas in the retina, which then triggers the release of serotonin. So basically, you are much more likely to experience this type of depression when it’s winter time and the days are shorter.

Because of this connection, one of the most common treatments for someone who suffers from this type of depression is light therapy., which is also known as phototherapy.

Having a skylight installed in your home will ensure that you are getting those beautiful rays even when you are inside your home relaxing. For more information on our skylights and installation services, visit our website at or give us a call at 021 982 8166.