It’s March next week, the end of another half-term and we are moving into spring.
Whilst the weather has been shocking recently, with one storm after another, the days are getting longer – and following the spring equinox on 21st March, we will move into even lighter evenings and more opportunities to get outside.
Being outside has a myriad of benefits for both us and our children. Vitamin D is produced through the action of sunshine on the skin, but sunlight also plays a vital role in keeping us healthy by supporting our biological clock, known as the circadian rhythm.
What is the circadian rhythm?
The circadian rhythm is a daily cycle that primarily responds to light and darkness – we are designed to sleep at night when it is dark and be awake in the day when it is light.
Getting outside in the sunlight/daylight can help to support our natural bodily rhythms, as can reducing our exposure to light at night. Our body takes signals from darkness to prepare for sleep and conversely, any light (natural or artificial) sends signals that we should be awake and active.
Encouraging our children to spend time outdoors in the light and to reduce their exposure to screens and other light after dark, may help to support their sleep patterns.
A healthy immune system
Sunlight and fresh air can also help to support the immune system – through vitamin D production, but also through exposure to different sets of bacteria in the soil and the outside environment.
These bugs provide a challenge to our immune system, helping to strengthen our immunity and build resilience.
Some great reasons – if we needed them – to get ourselves and our children outside enjoying the improving weather and lighter evenings – walking, playing, gardening or just breathing in the spring air.
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