5 Health Benefits of Santa Barbara Sunshine

Need another reason to visit Santa Barbara? (Yeah, right!) Well, believe it or not, one of the best reasons to visit Marina Beach Motel is to spend a little time in the sun! If our palm trees, exquisite restaurants and endless miles of beach can’t convince you to stay with us, then the 360 (or so) days of sunshine will definitely do the job. Check out the health benefits of soaking up some rays: 

1. Improves Sleep 

Studies have shown that increased exposure to sunlight helps reset your circadian rhythms, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep, as well as get up in the morning. So ditch your windowless cubicle and bask in the sun to cure your insomnia!

2. Boosts Mood 

If you live in one of the wintery states, Seasonal Affective Disorder could be bringing down your mood. The good news is that there’s a relaxing, enjoyable fix for when you’re feeling down in the dumps! Increased exposure to natural sunlight has been proven to improve mood and overall happiness, and even helps with depression and anxiety.

3. Strengthens Immune System

Sunshine provides lots of Vitamin D, an important factor in strengthening the immune system and fighting illness. Extreme cold, on the other hand, can weaken the immune system, so you may want to escape to Santa Barbara during those harsh, winter months. For your health, of course.

4. Betters Bone Health

The Vitamin D found in sunlight is also helpful in improving bone health! Sunlight promotes the absorption of magnesium and calcium, both of which are vital nutrients for bone strength and overall health. Why drink milk when you can spend a day at the beach instead?

5. Promotes Weight Loss

There’s a reason why everyone in California is so fit — it’s the sunshine! Sunbathing can help decrease appetite and increase serotonin, promoting a better mood and more energy. It’s also a known fact that people are more active in warmer climates because there’s more to do. So spend a little time in the sun (while wearing sunscreen, of course) to look like a true Californian! We’ll have a room ready for you.