We compiled data to reveal the cities who’ll experience the longest days, their sunrise and sunset times as well as finding out whether extra sunlight really does make you happy?

What is the Summer Solstice?

The summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches the most northern point from the earths equator during the year. The term “summer solstice” is derived from the latin “sol” (sun) and sister (stands still), quite literally meaning the “sun stands still”. The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year with many regions across the UK having between averaging around 16-17 hours of sunlight.

When is the Summer Solstice in 2021?

This year the summer solstice occurs on the 21st of June. Whilst this may seem like a momentous occasion that you cannot miss, across the UK, you’ll only be receiving one extra second of sunlight from the previous day, and five seconds of extra sunlight from the following day.  The 18th to the 25th of June will be the sunniest week of the year.


UK Sunlight Hours During This Years Summer Solstice


Summer Solstice Sunrise and Sunset times

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How those extra rays impact your mental health

Webmd found that during the seasons with less sunlight, mental health issues increased and that sunshine has a great impact on our well-being as a whole. This correlates with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a type of depression that occurs during the autumn and winter months. It is thought that the lack of sunlight during these periods disrupts the functioning of the hypothalamus, which can affect the production of melatonin, serotonin and the circadian rhythm. When we’re exposed to sunlight, it is thought that the brain increases the production of serotonin, the hormone that is responsible for boosting your mood and maintaining relaxation. Studies have found that cells within the retina impact your mood and that when sunlight reaches these cells, it can trigger the release of serotonin.

Sunlight regulates your circadian rhythm, too, by telling your body when to increase and decrease the amount of melatonin, which is often coined as the “sleep hormone”.  Sleep is essential for the body and mind to recharge, and those with decreased amounts of sleep often suffer psychological problems, too. In fact, according to a survey by the Mental Health Foundation, 48% of adults and 66% of teenagers agreed that sleeping badly has a negative effect on their mental health.

How Sunlight Affects Our General Health

It’s well documented that the sun can provide a plentiful resource for vitamin D. This vitamin regulates the calcium and phosphate in the body and is able to keep your teeth, bones and muscles in peak condition. There are also a number of studies that have found some surprising benefits of vitamin D in the fighting of disease. In one study, they found that vitamin D reduces the chances of catching the flu, whereas other studies have found that it can reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis and the development of heart disease.

Does Sunlight make you happy?

We looked at the sunniest areas in the UK using data from the Met Office and correlated this with ONS data to find out if the residents of the sunniest areas of the UK are the happiest as compared with the residents of areas with the lowest sun exposure. Whilst you’d expect those in sunnier areas to be happy, a number of these towns expressed low happiness levels compared to the national average.

This was unsurprising to lead psychologist of Asana Lodge, Dr Alexander Lapa, who stated that there is much more to happiness than having an increased exposure to sunlight.  “Sunlight can definitely have a positive impact on our mental and physical health”, said Dr Lapa, who insisted that with his clients, he has seen the positive effects both mentally and physically of extra sunlight. Lapa insisted that happiness cannot be achieved solely by increasing sunlight exposure; “achieving happiness is a multivariate issue and cannot be achieved alone by spending more time in the sun”. This would explain how a number of towns and cities across the UK had increased sunlight exposure but were quite low on the happiness score, specifically Chichester, which has the highest amount of sunlight exposure but has one of the worst happiness scores in the UK.


Are People in Sunnier Locations Happier?

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John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 18 June 2021

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

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