Dark rooms should be used for sleeping, not working. Recent studies at Northwestern University determined working in a office with no windows can be harmful to the human body and mind, proving we all need light, especially health-boosting natural light, to thrive.
Proven By Science
This study used 49 office workers, all working a day shift, to conduct the experiment. Twenty-seven of these office workers had offices with no windows, while the remaining workers occupied desk locations with plenty of natural sunshine. After each work day had ended, questionnaires and other related tests were used to gather relevant information from all participants.
The results of this ground-breaking study showed how the amount of natural light in the workplace can affect an office worker’s life to an amazing degree. This lack of light can cause people to sleep fewer hours and to experience more sleep disturbances than those that receive adequate light exposure. Also, the participants in the study reported a much lower level to their quality of life, complaining of lowered vitality and other daytime dysfunction, such as apathy.
Lack Of Natural Light Causes Multiple Health Problems
One of the reasons the lack of natural light can affect people so much is because our bodies use this light to set our internal clocks that control such things as the secretion of hormones, sleep cycles, physical performance levels and healthy mental states. When these internal clocks become disrupted for long periods, it can cause such diverse problems as depression, bipolar disorder, obesity, diabetes and thyroid disorders. Sleep disorders in today’s society have become epidemic as more and more people spend a good portion of their waking hours in a windowless work environment.
Worker Productivity is Significantly Lowered
The level of productivity at the workplace can be sharply affected by a lack of natural light. Working in a room lit by artificial light can have a detrimental effect not only on the eyes but on the human brain as well. Chronic cases of eyestrain, diminished eyesight and migraine headaches can usually be traced directly to a workplace’s harsh artificial lighting that is too dim or too bright. Extensive research has shown this type of poor office lighting contributes heavily to apathetic employees making mistakes and lowering overall office productivity. Over time, this can cost a business a great deal of money.
More Natural Light for Your Business
If your company operates from an office building with little or no available natural light for your workers, you may consider moving your business to a better location for the sake of increased productivity and improved employee well-being. Recouping the initial cost of a move can be realized over time by healthier employees that make less costly mistakes.
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