Health Tip – Oct. 6 – Sunlight for Easing Pain
Sunlight may be a key prescription for easing pain. A recent hospital study found that patients in sunnier rooms needed fewer painkillers than patients in darker rooms. They were able to cut their drug costs by 21%. Bright light improves mood and triggers the release of “feel good” brain chemicals such as serotonin.
Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center found that exposure to ultraviolet light may produce a relaxing effect. The researchers theorize that UV exposure leads to the release of chemicals in the brain called endorphins that are linked to both pain relief and euphoric feelings.
If you can’t get natural sunlight, full-spectrum bulbs may have the same effect.