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Sunlight critical for mental wellness

By Dr Kim Hazendonk

Dr. Andrew Huberman speaks in Melbourne

I was fortunate to see Dr Andrew Huberman, a neuroscientist from Stanford University School of Medicine, speak to a sell-out crowd in Melbourne one Saturday night in February 2024. As a neuropsychologist, I love science. Huberman loves science too, and through his immensely popular podcast 'The Huberman Lab' (we were told that the most downloads in the world are from the city of Melbourne!) he “explores science and science-based tools to help listeners live a healthier, more fulfilling life.” 


He opened by talking about the importance of exposing oneself to early morning sunlight, which improves daytime mood, energy, alertness and helps you sleep at night. Exposure in the late afternoon has benefits too, and it’s all related to the level of dopamine in your brain. Huberman went on to say that in every mental health condition there is a disruption in circadian rhythm. The sun rising and setting each day is the most reliable timekeeper we have.


There are proven practices to increase well-being, such as the above, that we can weave into our everyday routine and release neurochemicals in our brains that help us function better, feel better and live longer. 


If you are interested in hearing more, contact me about one of my workshops or webinars. 

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