Sun Exposure Versus Shade: Getting The Balance Right

Sun exposure is part of the human experience and is good for you. We should not try to avoid sunshine at all costs. People who live through long dark winters crave the sunshine for obvious reasons. But too much sunshine can cause health problems, especially for fair-skinned people.

If you have a garden or patio, why not erect a sunshade to enjoy sitting outside in the fresh air? Shade is cool, pleasant and if the temperature is right, makes you feel more relaxed.

Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of sun exposure.

Fairview rehab garden for residents to enjoy sun exposure

Sun Exposure For Vitamin D

When sunlight falls on your skin, your body responds by producing vitamin D, an essential vitamin for your health. Even quite short periods in direct sunlight can trigger production of this vitamin which helps fight off disease. Vitamin D has also been shown to have a positive effect on your mood.

Sun exposure can also increase your body’s release of serotonin, which lifts the spirits and makes you feel happy. Too little serotonin can cause sleep problems, mood swings, depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Sunshine has subtle beneficial effects on the human body, so we should not just hide away from it.

On the other hand, too much sun exposure can be detrimental to your health in several ways. For example, fair skinned people are likely to suffer sunburn if they sit in the hot sun for too long. This, in turn, can put you at greater risk of skin cancer later in life.

So, if you are out in the midday sun be sure to wear clothing that protects your skin. And use the right amount of sunscreen to protect exposed areas.

Sun exposure is great, but protect your eyes

The ultraviolet light in sunshine can also cause eye problems. There is a danger that too much sun can damage the cornea and inner surface of the eyelids. Also, eyes that have too much long-term sun exposure are more prone to cataracts and retina damage.

Ocular melanoma is another risk associated with lengthy exposure to UV ultraviolet light. When in the sunshine, therefore, it is a good idea to wear a quality pair of dark glasses.

Why do I feel more relaxed in the shade?

Shade provides natural protection from the sun’s rays and you should seek refuge in it when the sun is hot. Try to keep in the shade in the middle of the day when the sun is strongest.

Hot sunshine or too much sun exposure can make you sweaty, uncomfortable, and prone to sunburn.

Both are absolutely great!

The thing about shade and sunshine is getting the balance right. Sun exposure is good, but as with everything, too much of a good thing can be detrimental to your health.

Everything is great in moderation. Sunlight helps to avoid depression and other neurological conditions and diseases. It makes you want to go out and enjoy being outside, just remember that too much of everything is bad.