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22nd Mar 2024

Seven health benefits of brighter evenings as clock change approaches

Sophie Collins

Bright evening, clocks go forward

Don’t forget, the clocks change very soon

As the last remnants of winter fade away, we’re all looking forward to the promise of longer, sun-filled evenings as the clocks go forward by an hour.

With the arrival of the spring equinox on Wednesday, March 20th, we finally began the transition to our favourite season marked by extended daylight, and some more favourable weather.

Wednesday signified the official start of spring, bringing with it the prospect of longer days and lighter evenings. 

As the Earth tilts towards the sun, daylight hours stretch longer, offering a reprieve from the darkness of the last few months. 

Then on Sunday, March 31st, the clocks will go forward by one hour, which will see the return of 8:00 pm sunsets. 

Sunset, Dublin

While the government intended on saying goodbye to Daylight Saving Time (DST) in spring 2021, the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic prompted a postponement of these discussions. 

As a result, the decision is still pending approval with the possibility of a change in the future.

So until then, let’s enjoy the brighter evenings for the coming months, and the heath benefits that come along with them.

Brighter evenings can have several positive effects on people’s overall health and well-being:

1. Increased Exposure to Natural Light

According to the Cantifix, brighter evenings mean more natural light exposure, which is important for regulating the body’s circadian rhythm.

Exposure to natural light helps maintain a healthy sleep-wake cycle, improves mood, and enhances overall well-being.

2. Boosted Vitamin D Levels

Natural light exposure, especially during brighter evenings, can boost vitamin D production in the body. 

Vitamin D is essential for bone health, immune function, and overall vitality.

3. Enhanced Mood and Mental Health

Brighter evenings can contribute to improved mood and reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety. 

Sunlight exposure triggers the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of happiness and well-being.

4. Increased Physical Activity

Longer daylight hours in the evenings encourage people to engage in outdoor activities such as walking, jogging, or cycling after work. 

Regular physical activity is essential for maintaining a healthy weight, reducing the risk of chronic diseases, and improving overall fitness levels.

5. Social Interaction and Community Engagement

Brighter evenings provide more opportunities for outdoor social gatherings, recreational activities, and community events. 

Social interaction is crucial for mental and emotional well-being, and spending time outdoors with others can foster a sense of belonging and connectedness.

6. Improved Productivity and Focus

Exposure to natural light during brighter evenings can enhance productivity, concentration, and cognitive function. 

Research suggests that natural light exposure in the workplace can lead to higher job satisfaction, reduced stress levels, and improved overall performance.

7. Better Sleep Quality

Consistent exposure to natural light during the day, including brighter evenings, helps regulate the body’s internal clock and improves sleep quality. 

Exposure to bright light in the evening can also help reset the circadian rhythm, making it easier to fall asleep at night and wake up feeling refreshed in the morning.