Boost Vitamin D levels
Sunlight is responsible for helping your body make Vitamin D. This vitamin helps strengthen your bones, blood cells and immune system, says WebMD.2 Getting about 10 to 30 minutes a day of midday sun a few times a week is the most natural way for your body to get enough Vitamin D, according to Healthline.3
Get more sleep
Our bodies are hyper-alert to the light/dark cycle of the sun. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention4 recommend that getting bright light in the morning can help you fall asleep earlier in the evening. Plus, getting some sunlight in the morning may help you feel more alert for the rest of the day.
Keep weight off
Not only can morning light help you feel more alert, it could also help you shed a few pounds. Getting between 20 and 30 minutes between 8 a.m. and noon is recommended because researchers from the University of Alberta found that the sun’s rays might shrink fat cells below the skin’s surface.5
3 ways to protect yourself from the sun
Here’s how to stay safe when you’re out catching rays:
- Go to the dermatologist. You can check your skin for any new skin growths or changes. If you notice anything unusual, you may want to consider seeing a dermatologist. A dermatologist can do a complete exam to check out any areas of concern and provide more tips for sun safety.
- Wear sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology6 encourages everyone to use broad-spectrum protection sunscreen that’s SPF 30 or higher and is water resistant.
- Protect your eyes. Too much exposure to UV light can increase your risk of eye disease and other problems, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.7 Therefore, the Academy recommends buying a pair of sunglasses that provide 100% UV or UV400 protection or block both UV-A and UV-B rays.