Most people are familiar with the risks of unprotected sun exposure, such as sunburn, wrinkles, freckles, eye damage and skin cancer.

However, although overexposure to the sun is bad for your health,getting enough exposure to sunlight is necessary and beneficial. Adequate time in the sun gives you several benefits:

  • A boost in serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates your appetite, sleep, memory, and mood.
  • Support of your circadian rhythm, which leads to better sleep.
  • Production of Vitamin D, which is need for important body functions.
  • Relief of stress and pain, and help for individuals suffering from seasonal affective disorder.
  • Lowered risk of nearsightedness. Children who spend more time outside may reduce their risk of becoming nearsighted.

The key to reaping the health benefits of sunlight while avoiding the risks is balance and moderation. Limit direct sun exposure between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at which the sun rays are at their strongest.