Why Sunshine Is Good For Your Mood

Why Sunshine Is Good For Your Mood

We have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the sun down under. On one hand, those antipodean UV rays can be brutal, life-threatening even, turning grass to dust, skin to melanoma, and damaging our eyes.

On the other hand, the sun gives us our enviable outdoor lifestyle, and a little bit of time in the sunshine is a free mood lift.

And while it doesn’t take a study to know that those warm rays make us feel good, the benefits of sunshine on our health are well-documented.

Besides for being the best and most natural form of Vitamin D, sunshine helps to trigger the release of the “happiness hormone”: serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical that helps to improve our mood and focus.

Sunlight can also help in maintaining balanced sleep cycles. Exposure to natural daylight is linked to the release of melatonin in the evening. Melatonin is the “sleep hormone”, which helps us to fall asleep, and stay asleep.


But keeping in mind the very serious health risks of prolonged UV exposure, how much sunlight is enough?


The answer to this question depends on a number of factors. The region that you live in is one of them. But as a general guide, the Cancer Council advises that just a few minutes outside during summer, when the UV levels are 3 or higher, is enough to maintain healthy Vitamin D levels. All Australian states have average UV levels of 3 or higher during the summer months.

However, in the depths of winter in the southern regions of Australia (and May to August in Hobart and Melbourne), time spent outside during the middle of the day, gardening or exercising, will help in Vitamin D production.

 
Just remember, if you’re outdoors outside of these times, be sure to slip, slop, slap, seek, slide on those Babiators. Because you can definitely have too much of a good thing, particularly when we’re talking about UV rays!


For more information, please see the Cancer Council fact sheet


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Size Guide

A good fit is an important part of getting kids to wear their sunglasses. Check out the guide below for the recommendations and measurements of our different Babiators sunglasses sizes:

JUNIOR

AGES 0-2

 

 Junior Babiators sunglasses fit most babies 6 months to 2 years. Babiators are made of a soft material that is comfortable and lightweight. They are designed to fit kids’ faces and don’t pinch the temples or nose.

Fit will vary by child depending on head size.

If you’re between sizes, we recommend ordering your child’s sunglasses a size up.

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CLASSIC

AGES 3-5

 

Classic Babiators sunglasses fit most children 3 to 5 years. Babiators are made of a soft material that is comfortable and lightweight. They are designed to fit kids’ faces and don’t pinch the temples or nose.

Fit will vary by child depending on head size.

If you’re between sizes, we recommend ordering your child’s sunglasses a size up.

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Blue Series 6+

AGES 6 & UP

 

Our 6+ Blue Series sunglasses fit most school age children 6 years and up. Aces are made of a soft material that is comfortable and lightweight. They are designed to fit kids’ faces and don’t pinch the temples or nose. Fit will vary by child depending on head size.    

 

 

 

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If you are not sure if the sunglasses fit well we suggest checking out "The Babiators Sizing Guide" blog post we wrote that shows our wonderful little model who was in between sizes. It has some great pics show how to get the best fit.