Reap the Full Benefits of Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

Apartment kitchen and dining area with view of U.S. Capitol dome in background
By Eliot on 4thMay 8, 2017

How important are floor-to-ceiling windows in your apartment for rent in SW DC?

It’s not only about the gorgeous views. Think about a light bulb. If you look on the packaging, most bulbs are designed to mimic daylight or provide a warm, comforting glow similar to natural light. No one wants to live under the harsh glare of old-school workplace fluorescents.

At the Southwest apartments of Eliot on 4th, our building is designed to let in as much natural light as possible.

Our reason: natural light is good for your body, spirit and mind. Here are just three of the many benefits to a daily dose of natural light:

Take In a Day’s Worth of Healthy Vitamin D

Vitamin D is produced in your skin from exposure to sunlight. It helps control calcium levels leading to bone health and is associated with lower blood pressure. While you can get Vitamin D from certain foods and dietary supplements, the easiest way is to let your skin soak up some sun.

Just 10 minutes of midday sunshine in shorts and a t-shirt will give someone without a vitamin D deficiency the correct daily dosage. However, who’s going to wear summer clothing outside in a cold DC winter? At our southwest DC apartments, simply sit in front of your floor-to-ceiling windows and catch some friendly rays on a cold but clear day.


Sunlight Helps Ward Off Depression

It is estimated that 20 percent of Americans are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder – regular depression that occurs in the late fall and winter months. Sunlight helps your brain release serotonin, a hormone associated with boosting your mood and helping you feel focused and calm.

Light-therapy boxes – “happy” lights – are often recommended for indoor dwellers, to help stabilize a person’s circadian rhythm and improve their moods. The tricky part is that for light therapy to work, it needs to be a continual experience – not something to skip every other day.

At Eliot and 4th, let the floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate your southwest waterfront apartment home for your daily dose of light therapy. As an added bonus, green is also good for mental and physical restoration. Your view will provide plenty of green from the spring to fall from your surrounding southwest DC neighborhood, and serve as inspiration to get out into nature.


The Mental Boost from Sunlight

Just as jogging can stimulate your mind, so too can sunlight. In addition to mood-boosting serotonin, it has been suggested that sunlight can also boost dopamine and norepinephrine. Together, these three organic chemicals are associated with emotion, pleasure and cognition, all factors that influence our capacity for focus and learning.

Put our apartments for rent in SW DC to the test. Come by for a visit and experience for yourself the mood-enhancing benefits of floor-to-ceiling windows. Schedule a tour today at Eliot on 4th.