Having trouble getting a good night sleep? Then you might consider getting a tent, a backpack, some food, and your significant other and head to the great outdoors. A recent study from the University of Colorado revealed that outdoor activities such as camping might be a better cure for sleeping disorders that light therapy.
If you’re a nature enthusiast, then you’re going to want to hear what a team of researchers discovered. Remember all those late nights you used to spend browsing the Internet because you couldn’t get any sleep?
Unfortunately, this has become a new age disease – going to bed late because you’re not feeling sleep, and wake up in the morning feeling like you were run over by a truck. Scientists studying this modern sleep trend have reasons to believe that some sleep disorders might stem from prolonged exposure to blue light, a type of radiation usually emitted by devices such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and TV screens.
As you know, our body has an internal, self-regulating system called the circadian clock or rhythm. Using this outstanding device, our body knows when it’s time to wake up and when to go to sleep. However, stimuli such as devices that emit blue light can disrupt the normal circadian rhythm. And we all know the results of this imbalance – sleep issues.
Now, a team of scientist from the University of Colorado has determined that the circadian rhythm might be reestablished or rather forced to mirror our ancestor’s early-to-rise-early-to-bed routine. Various data collected from the field revealed that outdoor activities, especially camping, can greatly increase the quality of our sleep.
To test out this assumption, the team performed two types of experiments. During the first one, the team asked a couple of volunteers to spend a couple of days camping. They have observed that campers were more likely to hit the sack earlier in the evening and wake up later compared to their routine.
During the second stage of the experiment, the scientists asked another group of volunteers living in the city to record their sleeping habits. At the end of the two experiments, the scientists measured the level of melatonin (sleep hormone) in both groups.
Although the results do not state for certain that camping and other outdoor activities increase sleep quality, the team discovered that those who spent more time outside tended to go to sleep 2.5 earlier than those who spent their times indoors.
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