Go Camping, Sleep Better
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.