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Does memory improve in rooms with windows, natural lights, and views?

You'll remember more if you're studying for an exam in a room with windows, says several studies, according to the article, Lighting affects students' concentration positively: findings from three Dutch studies. Also, you can Check out the February 24, 2009 article, "Does natural light affect student performance? | The Hall Monitor."

Does memory improve in rooms with windows, natural lights, and views?
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For his science research project, a 13-year-old student mentioned in the article set out to test whether the amount of natural lighting streaming into a classroom actually affects how well students perform on tests. After doing some more research, the student researched a study showing how bright light lessens anxiety levels, which he figures might have played a role in his own experiment. He concluded students could improve their test scores simply by changing their environment. A project like this also can be useful for those student science fairs.

And if you're a hospital patient, you'll recover more quickly with fewer complications if you're in a room with windows. You also may wish to check out the article, "Exposure to Natural Light Improves Workplace Performance." Also gum chewing improves test performance, according to the article, "Gum Chewing Improves Test Performance, Study Suggests."

In the article, "Illuminating the classroom environment," the research explains that lighting too often is overlooked as a secondary consideration in school design. On one hand you have budget restrictions. But the studies how that controlled daylight and appropriate artificial illumination are critical to the quality of student performance, lighting should be carefully addressed in modernization projects. Are you still studying or working in a room without a view of the outdoors or without natural lighting?

Think about your test performance when you study in a library cubicle with no windows. Or if you're in an office with no windows or natural lighting, how do you move up to an office or other room with a view or at least the ability to look outside at nature (or the traffic outside your window)? Is it because people, like other creatures were designed to thrive when able to see or experience nature, such as a view of trees or other natural surroundings?

Records on recovery after cholecystectomy of patients in a suburban Pennsylvania hospital between 1972 and 1981 were examined to determine whether assignment to a room with a window view of a natural setting might have restorative influences, according to the study's abstract, "View through a window may influence recovery from surgery. Results were published in Science.

Twenty-three surgical patients assigned to rooms with windows looking out on a natural scene had shorter postoperative hospital stays, received fewer negative evaluative comments in nurses' notes, and took fewer potent analgesics than 23 matched patients in similar rooms with windows facing a brick building wall. Or see, "Better use of lighting in hospital rooms may improve patients' health."

Does green space access promote a healthier duration of sleep?

In another study, access to neighborhood green space promoted a healthy duration of sleep. You can check out the novel findings from a cross-sectional study of 259,319 Australians in the study, "Does access to neighborhood green space promote a healthy duration of sleep? Novel findings from a cross-sectional study of 259 319 Australians."

Green space planning policies may have wider public health benefits than previously recognized. Further research in the role of green spaces in promoting healthier sleep durations and patterns is warranted. You also may wish to check out the Huffington Post article, "A Room With A View: Window Office Improves Sleep."

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