Windows Help Workers Improve Their Health

Windows – and the light they let in – make us healthier. That’s the basic finding of two new studies, including one that found that employees who worked near windows during the day slept longer at night, got more exercise and had better quality of life than their colleagues toiling away in rooms without windows. A second study found that nurses whose workstations had natural light had lower blood pressure, communicated more with their colleagues, laughed more and were in …

Cool It: Lower Temps May Help You Lose Weight

For those perennial fights over the thermostat – “Turn it down, it’s too hot!” “Turn it up, it’s too cold!” – science may have some new ammunition. Turns out that turning down the thermostat revs up our metabolism and may help us lose weight, according to new research. The key, apparently, is increasing our brown fat. Our body contains two types of fat: white fat, which stores energy (meaning calories) and collects on our thighs and bellies, and brown fat, …

Good Morning, Sunshine: Those Rays Help Your Weight

Just in time for spring’s sunnier days comes this welcome news: A new Northwestern University study reports that your exposure to bright, early morning light can help you manage your weight. People who had most of their sunshine exposure in the morning, starting at 8 a.m., had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than did those who got most of their light exposure later in the day, researchers found. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height …