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Sit In The Morning Sun

The morning sun can boost your immune system

The morning sun can also snap you out of fear and anxiety? So step outside into the sunshine. If it’s cloudy, step outside anyway. The outdoor light even on a cloudy day is much stronger and more therapeutic than indoor light.

Sunlight is one cure for disturbed sleep

Sunlight not only elevates mood and strengthens the immune system, it also helps regulate sleep. Without it, you can feel like you are in a persistent state of jet lag. Sunlight helps set our internal clock, which in turn regulates sleep and waking. Without sunlight, says Dr. Marianna Figueiro, Director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. our immune function is suppressed, and our overall health may deteriorate, and we get more easily irritated and depressed.

This is exactly what we don’t need in recovery or during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, if you’re having difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, getting up, or getting out of bed, build some more outdoor time into your schedule.  


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Haley Laferney
Haley Laferney is the Graphic Designer at Reach Out Recovery and a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design. She is also a gold and silver ADDY award winner.

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