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The Critical Role of Sunlight in Learning

You’ve probably heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or even know someone who has it. New information further highlights the role of sunlight in our overall well-being, narrowing in on cognitive functions involved in learning. Scientific research has documented a strong link between sun exposure and memory. The findings are important to consider for nearly everyone, especially so for students seeking to do their academic best.  

We now understand that sunlight supplies our bodies with urocanic acid (UCA), a substance found primarily in skin. However, UCA also populates structures in the brain. The above study found that higher levels of UCA in skin correlated with higher levels in the brain, which in turn led to better memory function.[1] Since memory functions are a key component of the learning process, it stands to reason that keeping levels of UCA high through moderate sun exposure is thus recommended to keep your brain working at its peak.

Getting enough daily sunlight is easy to do, especially if you live in a warm climate. Many experts say just 20-30 minutes a day is all you need to get enough sunlight to supercharge your brain’s memory center.[2] So, don’t be SAD, step out into the light every day to do your academic best.

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