Chasing the Sun — Ebook

The New Science of Sunlight and How it Shapes Our Bodies and Minds

Author : Linda Geddes
Publication : 2019-01-10
Language : English
Publisher : Wellcome Collection
Collections : Wellcome
ISBN : 9781782833499
Categories : Science / General, Health & fitness / General, Science / Life Sciences / Biology / General

'A sparkling and illuminating study, one of those rare books that could genuinely improve your life' James McConnachie, Sunday Times


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.

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