There are fewer better ways to bookend your workday than by spending time outside. Whether to help you wake you up or to decompress after the end of a busy workday, spending time outside feels great. Did you know that spending time outdoors, such as on an outdoor backyard patio, is also tremendously good for your health? In this piece, we’re going to look at four the health benefits that come with an outdoor backyard patio.
1. Vitamin D Absorption
While getting vitamin D from your food is important, specialists also recommend getting a healthy dose of vitamin D through your skin from the sun. Even just spending 20-30 minutes in the sun a few times a week is a great way to get the necessary vitamin D. This could mean enjoying a backyard patio space with a cool drink and a good book a few times a week.
2. Getting Fresh Air
Between our offices, cars, and houses, we spend the majority of our time indoors. Occasionally getting the fresh air that a backyard patio can provide can do wonders for our health. Not only does getting fresh air give your immune system a break from combating germs that exist indoors, but it has also even been shown to improve your mood. Getting your daily dose of fresh air may be just what the doctor ordered.
3. Sleeping Better Through the Night
It may seem strange to say that spending time on an outdoor patio can help you sleep better, but it’s true. Your body’s natural circadian rhythms that determine when you should sleep are very delicate. Imagine trying to set your watch when you don’t have any other clocks. When you spend time outside, your body gets a break from artificial lights and screens to properly reset itself according to the amount of daylight that is available.
4. Improving Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Have you ever noticed a sense of tiredness, gloominess, and even depression during the fall and winter months? Well, it’s not just you — Seasonal Affective Disorder is a condition that can make you feel morose during periods of decreased sunlight. One way to keep the winter blues at bay is by spending time outside. Doctors claim that spending time outdoors can increase your mood during these times of year — even if it’s cloudy or overcast.
When you’re building a new house or looking to make improvements on an existing home, consider investing in your health by building a outdoor backyard patio. For help building this and any part of your custom dream home, look no further than the home building specialists at Perry Hood Properties. See how we can make your dream a reality today.