I’ve had a heck of a time getting up early this week after moving out of daylight saving time.
I’m usually up by 5:00am’ish and within an hour or so, I’m eagerly awaiting that intoxicating moment of eastern light moving up into the horizon, whispering the always present and hopeful message, “All is well, be here now.”
This week has been different.
I’m still up very early, but the sun is not lighting the sky within the usually time period. Sunrise is now an hour later.
Of course this will change as the days get longer and more light filled.
And yet, right now I’m deeply aware of sitting in the dark and how it is effecting my mood.
That got me thinking about the importance of natural light in your healthcare or wellness setting.
Here’s the science:
- Natural light reduces depression.
- Natural light decreases length of stay in hospitals.
- Natural light improves sleep and circadian rhythms.
- Natural light lessens agitation and eases pain.
And here’s what I’ve discovered about natural light based on my experience of designing health and wellness spaces over the past fourteen years:
More than 50% of the time, I find that wellness business owners, docs and healthcare practitioners keep the blinds on their windows closed.
Yup, uh-huh, you heard me right.
That means you keep those blinds on the windows in your dental operatories [calling out my brother, the dentist, on this], exam rooms and other medical spaces closed because the afternoon noon sun is too bright, so you just leave them down permanently.
Or… the window treatments are broken, haven’t been replaced in a decade and, hence, they always remain closed.
Or… the rooms needs privacy for part of your treatment sessions and so you always keep the shades drawn.
My big message to you today is a simple one:
Natural light is a miracle drug.
And it’s free.
If you’ve got windows in your waiting room, treatment or exam rooms, medical offices and other wellness spaces, let the light in, please.
If privacy is an issue, open the curtains, blinds or shades when privacy is not needed [for example, during the intake part of your session] so that everyone can benefit.
Or replace your vertical or horizontal blinds with bottom up top down privacy shades—ones that let the light in and keep your patients’ privacy intact.
I’m writing a book right now called, “The Treatment Room Cure: how to design nurturing and safe treatment rooms that grow your business.”
In it I’ll share the details and delights of how to create a functioning, safe and nurturing environment that your peeps want to return to over and over again.
You’ll learn how to maximize the natural light available in your wellness space or healthcare practice.
If you want to get notified when the book is available for pre-sale, follow this link:
Basking in the light,