Here at Inspired Spaces, we are Manchester’s leading conservatory, sun room and orangery experts. And we help home owners and property developers create stunning home additions that will meet their requirements. But one of the aspects often overlooked are the health benefits of orangeries. So how can an orangery home extension bring health benefits?

How can an orangery benefit your health?

Installing an orangery home extension, instead of a standard home extension can bring a plethora of benefits and advantages, particularly for your health. These include:

  • Increasing levels of vitamin D
  • Improving sleep and circadian rhythms
  • Combating S.A.D
  • Improving mental wellbeing
  • Improving air quality within the home

Installing an orangery can help to increase levels of vitamin D

Exposure to natural light can increase your levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for processing calcium and a deficiency in this can cause a range of health issues and even badly formed bones. This is something artificial light cannot produce for us. As a result, by incorporating natural light into your life through the use of an orangery home extension, and even an aluminium roof lantern, you are ensuring yourself and your family a healthy life!

An orangery can help improve sleep and circadian rhythms

Our circadian rhythms, otherwise known as our body clock, controls our biological, mental and behavioural patterns over a 24 hour cycle and responds to changes in light and darkness. This dictates our sleep-wake cycle, and this is often disrupted by the amount of natural light we are exposed to. When there isn’t enough natural light in an environment, it can become difficult for the body to know when to sleep, and when to be awake, which can lead to difficulty falling asleep and additional tiredness in the morning. In fact, a 2013 study conducted by Chicago’s Northwestern University revealed that people who spend their days in naturally lit environments get 46 extra minutes of sleep per night. So a home orangery can be a great option for healthy sleeping cycles.

An orangery can help combat S.A.D

Each year, many people suffer from S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in which people experience lethargy and depression during the winter months. Shorter daylight hours can trick our bodies into produce too much melatonin, and the exposure to natural light is critical to prevent this from happening. As a result, an orangery can be an effective way to increase natural light exposure and combat the negative chemicals in the brain.

An orangery can help improve mental wellbeing

Natural light within the workplace has had a proven effect of increasing worker’s motivation and happiness levels. It can also benefit their performance, productiveness, energy levels and sense of wellbeing. It should be noted that this effect also rings true at home as families seem more alert, energised and happy.

An orangery can help improve air quality in the home

If you use your orangery as an in home greenhouse, and have some thriving large plants, you will find that the air quality improves dramatically within the home. This can help keep your household healthy.

For more information or for professional advice about your new sun room or orangery, get in touch with the team today, here at Inspired Spaces.

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