If you live in the city and only sometimes make it out into a forest, or a beach, or a desert, or the mountains, you’ve probably had this odd sensation: the feeling that you never wanted to return to the city again. That’s a perfectly normal thing to feel. It isn’t because you hate your life in the city (or maybe you do—that’s for you to say); it’s because your body loves to be near nature. It evolved to want to be near nature. Historians may argue about when humans started standing up right or whether or not cavemen were omnivores until they lose their voices, but one thing is for certain: if you look at the entire spectrum of time, humans have spent barely a second living among concrete. And we still need to be near nature. Here are important reasons to interact with nature on a regular basis.
It may improve your sleep
You’ve likely heard of light exposure therapy for treating depression and sleep conditions. Rather than buying the artificial light, go straight to the source. Studies have found that office workers with windows and access to natural light sleep better than those with less or no windows.