glass in the office

Why natural light is so important for productive work

You don’t need to be an expert in anything to know that natural light is really important for any kind of workspace. After all most of us instinctively recoil from the idea of working in small, windowless rooms. So then, why is that? Well, the benefits of natural light extend far beyond simply illuminating a space – it has a variety of crucial benefits for our health, and by extension, our productivity at work. 

That’s exactly why glass partitions can be so valuable – clever use of toughened glass partitions throughout your workspace can help to maximise the amount of natural light, keeping you and your team happier, healthier, and more productive. So, let’s take a closer look at the science behind it!

The role of sunlight and your circadian rhythm

To explain this next bit, we’re going to have to get a little scientific – but don’t worry, we won’t go too much into unnecessary minutiae! Let’s keep it broad strokes.

Basically, natural light has a profound effect on our biological rhythms, or circadian rhythm, to use its technical name. Humans are intrinsically diurnal (daylight) creatures, so we’ve evolved to rely on natural light to help regulate our internal clock, promoting better sleep patterns and overall well-being. When we’re well-rested and alert, we’re better equipped to tackle the day’s jobs with focus and clarity, whether that involves problem solving, creative work, or physical tasks.  

Increasing mood and morale

Having a decent amount of natural light flowing through your workspace is crucial for keeping your team happy and comfortable at work. That’s essentially because the sun’s rays trigger the release of serotonin; sometimes known as the ‘feel-good’ hormone, and with good reason! Increased serotonin levels can elevate mood, reduce stress, and enhance cognitive function—all of which are essential for maintaining productivity throughout the workday.

Reduce eye strain and fatigue

Lots of us spend a fair amount of our time looking at computers and similar screens throughout the day, which is yet another reason why getting a decent amount of natural light is so important. Unlike artificial lighting, which can cause glare and harsh shadows, natural light provides a softer, more diffused illumination that is easier on the eyes. Reducing eye strain allows people can work comfortably for longer periods without experiencing discomfort or decreased concentration.

Boosting creativity

Now, this is where things start to get a little more subjective, but it’s still worth mentioning, as there are plenty of reputable studies that support the idea that exposure to natural light can help increase improved creativity and innovation. Specifically, research suggests that natural light stimulates brain activity in areas associated with creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Whether you’re brainstorming ideas or tackling complex challenges, having access to natural light can foster a more conducive environment for generating innovative solutions.

That’s just a quick round-up of some of the most universal benefits – you may well be able to discover and enjoy even more specific ones for your own team! And if you’re ready to get started, that’s exactly where we can help at Altitude Glass. 

With around 20 years of experience behind us, whatever you’ve got in mind for your project, you can trust our team to make it a reality. You can find out more about our products and sectors here, or just give us a call on 01254 812112 to get a free quote today. We’re here to help! 

Stay Updated

Sign up to our newsletter and follow us on social media

  • LinkedIn
Get A Quote