The scientific votes are in: sunlight, in the correct doses, is very good for health.
What more, science is starting to realize, however, that MORNING sunlight may be the best of all, especially when it comes to improving mood and feelings of well-being.
But breaking that news can be a real head-scratcher: how is morning sunlight any different from that in the afternoon or any other time?
Sunlight releases a[n] opiate (ß-endorphin) when we are exposed to the sun. Guess why nature did that? Could it be that she wanted us going in the sunlight often for its healing powers?”
“…It turns out that the combination of [ultraviolet] and [infrared] solar light humans are designed to get in the AM also pre-treats the skin to lower inflammation. The fact that [UV] light induces a small opiate response tell us nature is trying to get us to come out into the solar light in the morning.”
both UV and infrared light are the most plentiful together in the AM (between 8 and 10 AM). Also, infrared helps enhance the absorption of UV rays in a healthy way—as opposed to one being overloaded and sunburnt when sunbathing in the middle of the day.
The fact that [UV] and [infrared] light in AM sunlight work in unison to create this circumstance says something very deep about sunlight importance…. mood will be altered by a chronic lack of AM life.”
also referenced a study on mice showing that tumors and melanoma were less likely to develop when UV exposure happened in the morning.
What more, a study that was referenced in 2014 says that people who were exposed to more blue light (closer to UV rays) in the morning had an easier time getting to sleep (and having more restful sleep) compared to those who were exposed to periods of UV rays later in the day.
Again: it all attests to the benefits of a little morning sunshine!