Chasing the sun : how the science of sunlight shapes our bodies and minds / Linda Geddes.
By: Geddes, Linda.Publisher: London : Wellcome Collection, 2019Description: 240 p. ; 22cm.ISBN: 9781781258323 (hbk.) :.Subject(s): Solar radiation. -- Physiological effect -- Popular works | Popular science | Environmental psychologyAdditional physical formats: ebook version :: No titleDDC classification: 612.8
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Includes bibliographic references and index.
The body clocks -- The body electric -- Shift work -- Doctor sunshine -- Protection factor -- A dark place -- Midnight sun -- Light cure -- Fine-tuning the clock -- Clocks for society -- Epilogue
Since the dawn of time, humans have worshipped the sun. And with good reason. Our biology is set up to work in partnership with the sun. From our sleep cycles to our immune systems and our mental health, access to sunlight is crucial for living a happy and fulfilling life. New research suggests that our sun exposure over a lifetime - even before we were born - may shape our risk of developing a range of different illnesses, from depression to diabetes. Bursting with cutting-edge science and eye-opening advice, Chasing the Sun explores the extraordinary significance of sunlight. - from ancient solstice celebrations to modern sleep labs, and from the unexpected health benefits of sun exposure to what the Amish know about sleep that the rest of us don't. As more of us move into light-polluted cities, spending our days in dim offices and our evenings watching brightly lit screens, we are in danger of losing something vital: our connection to the star that gave us life. It's a loss that could have far-reaching consequences that we're only just beginning to grasp.