Healthy Sleep Habits: Does Morning Sunshine Give You Better Sleep?

Morning Sunshine for Better Sleep

It may seem odd that exposure to morning light can help you sleep better at night. 

But there’s proof that it does help, especially if you have a hard time falling asleep or staying awake when you want. 

If you suffer from sleep disturbances, have irregular sleep patterns, do shift work, or occasionally travel over time zones, exposing yourself to light first thing in the morning can positively impact your sleep.

Morning light improves your sleep/wake cycle 

  • Natural Cortisol – A great way to start your day! Exposure to morning light (even on a cloudy day) can increase this important stress hormone. It will help you get going with your morning routine and provide an energy boost.
  • Warmth – The glow of sunlight warms your body and your environment. Slightly increasing your body temperature helps start your day.
  • Serotonin – This feel-good hormone helps increase positivity and an optimistic mood. It washes away the sleepiness of the morning and helps you feel more energized.  

Make it a daily habit

Getting into a healthy morning routine greatly increases your chances of creating helpful sleep patterns.  

When you hear the chime of your alarm clock, without pressing snooze, open your eyes and make your way out of bed. Pull back the curtains and let in any natural light that is peeking its way through the morning sky.

-Have your coffee or tea outside ☕️

-Walk your dog 🐾

-Stroll through the neighborhood 🚶‍♂️

Early morning sun exposure poses less risk of skin damage, but wearing sunscreen when you head outside in the morning is a good idea.

This type of natural light therapy can be an effective treatment to combat poor sleep patterns. It doesn’t require a prescription, an appointment, or a co-pay!

Go to sleep quickly and sleep soundly 

If you’re struggling to nod off at night or stay asleep throughout the night, give the habit of morning light exposure a try. 

You may find that you sleep more deeply, and your daytime function improves significantly.


At Custom Comfort Mattress, we strive to create the best sleep solutions for you.

Our luxury mattresses are locally made with natural, breathable materials. They are traditionally handcrafted with double-sided construction for lasting quality and ultimate comfort.

You can enjoy restful nights and energetic days ahead!