Go Camp­ing, Sleep Bet­ter

Amazing Wellness - - AMAZING NEWS -

As lit­tle as one week­end of camp­ing can re­set cir­ca­dian rhythm—our in­ter­nal body clock—and make it eas­ier to rou­tinely get a good night’s sleep, both dur­ing and af­ter the va­ca­tion. So say re­searchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Colorado Boul­der, who com­pared sleep e ects of back­coun­try camp­ing with a week­end o in the city.

Elec­tric lights and screen time, with TVs, smart­phones, and other de­vices, keep us up late by de­lay­ing pro­duc­tion of mela­tonin, the sleep hor­mone. “Late cir­ca­dian and sleep tim­ing in mod­ern so­ci­ety are as­so­ci­ated with neg­a­tive per­for­mance and health out­comes such as morn­ing sleepi­ness and ac­ci­dents, re­duced work pro­duc­tiv­ity and school per­for­mance, sub­stance abuse, mood dis­or­ders, di­a­betes, and obe­sity,” says lead re­searcher Ken­neth Wright, PhD. How­ever, he adds, “A week­end camp­ing trip can re­set our clock rapidly.”

To nd places to camp, visit the Na­tional Park Ser­vice at nps.gov.

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