The Importance of Sunlight in the Morning

Posted on by Denny Waxman

There was a slideshow from weather.com called “7 Signs You Need More Sunlight– and Don’t Know It.” The morning sun helps many emotional and physical discomforts.

 

We have the greatest ability to release unneeded excess in the early morning hours close to sunrise. It happens as soon as our feet literally hit the ground. The sun rises with a burst of energy that evaporates the dew. This evaporation refreshes everything. The rising sun affects us similarly. This explains why it is more difficult to get started on a rainy or cloudy day. However, whether we can see the sun or not, we still have the best ability to clean and refresh ourselves early in the morning. If we go out and become directly exposed to the early morning sun, we are even more fully charged with its energy.

Philadelphia Dawn Covered with Fog and Dew

 

It’s also important to understand the overall rhythm of the day and night. We eat during the day and are active. At night we utilize the food we ate during the day to maintain and repair ourselves. We recharge our brain, nervous system and organs during the night. The activity during the day charges us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Furthermore, during the night with deep sleep, the inactivity allows us to be nourished by the celestial energies that are blocked by the sun during the day. Before we wake, we gather the physical and energetic excess to release upon rising. Upon rising, we reset our biological clocks and activate our metabolism for the day.

 

This relationship is a bit like breathing. When we breathe in more deeply, we breathe out more deeply. We connect more with our ourselves through this breathing, and receive more air and oxygen. The day for us is breathing in and gathering, and the night like breathing out and releasing. When we start the day earlier, we are able to “breathe” the day more deeply and in turn, become more nourished.

 

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  1. Nothing like a long morning walk along the beach or some field of grass covered in dew; barefoot when weather permitting. Well you’re at it a few minutes buried in beach sand adds additional benefits and channeling the energy of a tall or sturdy tree by aligning ones body to its trunk
    acts to rejuvenate.
    Sunlight activates vitaminD(actually a steroid hormone) absorption.

  2. I wonder what the creators of 24/7 cable TV, late night talk shows, twenty four hour convenience stores all late night eateries were thinking when they conceived all of this. Not to mention go-go clubs in city red light districts.
    Personally, I preferred the days when TV stations played the Star Spangled Banner shortly after midnight and went blank!

    Also a. challenge for those whose work requires them to work grave yard shifts.

  3. p.s. there’s also scientific evidence to show that staying up late can lead to insulin resistance.

  4. This is a big problem where I live (in Sweden, almost at the Arctic Circle). During winter, we hardly see the sun at all. Especially if you are sitting in a cubicle the few hours when the sun is up.

    I personally feel tired, gloomy and almost depressed during november to january. Since I feel this every year it has to be the effect of too little sunshine. So I definitely agree with your post!

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