Most of us feel happier when the sun is shining and it’s still light at 9pm. A lack of natural light may not be the most threatening work hazard employers have to think about when trying to prevent accidents at work, but it can be harmful to your health.
Why a lack of natural light in the office is bad for your health
You may not think a lack of natural light would have any real effect on your health, but you’d be wrong. Studies show that people who work in a light office are more likely to sleep better than those who work in a windowless office.
Research also suggests that people who are exposed to light at work are more likely to exercise, which has countless benefits for mental and physical health.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine revealed that our working environment can have a significant impact on our body clock, which affects sleep quality and quantity.
It’s also well documented that a lack of natural light can affect our mood. If you can see the sun, or at least a bit of blue sky, you’re more likely to feel happy, and this will improve your productivity at work.
If you work in a windowless office, and you’re concerned about the health effects, talk to your boss. It is their duty to try and protect employees from work-related illness and prevent work accidents. It may not be possible to bring sunshine to the office every day, but there may be ways of increasing natural light in the workplace. If your office doesn’t have windows, try and take regular breaks and get some fresh air. Stretch your legs and let your body absorb some vitamin D.
Can I claim compensation for a work-related illness?
Have you been injured at work? Have you developed an occupational illness? If the answer to these questions is yes, and you have evidence to show that you were not to blame for your work injuries, you have the right to claim work accident compensation.
If the accident happened in the last three years, or your health has deteriorated in this time window, call Accident Advice Helpline to discuss the details of your work injury claim with one of our friendly advisors.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice