How Camping Can Help You Get Some ZZZ’s
We live in a world fueled by electricity, smartphones, laptops and lightbulbs. All of those convenient, modern things that give us the world at our fingertips can also be the reason we lose sleep, have gained weight, and may have developed chronic sleep disorders. A recent study published in Current Biology on Circadian Entrainment could be the answer to getting more zzz’s. So, how does camping help you get better sleep?
Our biological clocks are designed to produce melatonin a few hours before bed, so we know it’s time to hit the sack. Then halt production a few hours before we wake up, so we can tackle the day. However, researchers suggest that the modern environments we live in have drastically altered this natural sleep rhythm.
The environments that we live in today can actually throw our biological clock off so much so that we no longer produce melatonin before bed, but continue to produce it well after we wake up in the morning. That can spell sleep disaster for anyone who works on a computer or laptop - especially if you are a workaholic and are consistently attached to a device. Same theory goes for kids who are allowed to have technology in their bedrooms.
“Researchers sent five people out camping in Colorado. Before the participants embarked on their camping trip, the researchers measured their melatonin levels over a 24-hour period, after they spent six days of keeping their usual sleep schedule. Levels of melatonin rise and fall throughout the day, and those levels can change in response to light. After six days of camping — during which the participants didn't use flashlights or electronic devices — the people returned and had their melatonin levels measured again.
While camping, the people were exposed to light that was 13 times brighter than the light they were exposed to when they were at home, the researchers found. After their camping trip, the campers' melatonin levels started rising 2.6 hours earlier, compared to when they were at home. In addition, when they were camping, the people went to sleep 2.5 hours earlier than when they were in a modern environment, and they slept about 2.3 hours longer,” according to the study.
So what does this actually mean for sleep? A weekend camping trip this winter and one in the summer can help you balance your biological clock and refresh your body for some sincerely amazing sleep. If you’re not really all that into camping, you can always mimic a natural light cycle on your days off! All you need to do is simply sit by a window and expose yourself to a natural light/dark cycle. Light is just as important to our bodies as clean air and water.
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