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Studies show that outdoor camping can effectively relieve insomnia
According to reports, a new study in the United States shows that camping exposes the human body to natural light at dawn and dusk, which will help people to fall asleep and improve sleep quality. Night owls suffering from insomnia may benefit from this activity.
This new research report was published in the latest edition of the Journal of Contemporary Biology. Researchers at the University of Colorado in charge of the study found that as long as a week of camping, the body's biological clock can be reset, making it easier for people to fall asleep at night, get up more easily in the morning, and have a better daytime spirit. The
Permanent exposure to artificial light easy to insomnia
Researchers at the University of Colorado tracked eight subjects suffering from insomnia, recorded their sleep patterns, and were exposed to artificial light (lights, computers, cell phone screen light, etc.) at home and at work. Then, they let the eight adults form a trial team to camp in the mountains of Colorado for a week and took away all of their gadgets, including mobile phones, during which they only rely on sunlight and camp lighting.
In the first few days of camping, the team will fall asleep at midnight and wake up around 8am. A week later, most people fall asleep at around 10 in the morning and wake up at 6 in the morning. In other words, their biological clocks are two hours ahead of time when their sleeping hours are constant.
Since the widespread use of electricity in the 1830s, humans have been exposed to artificial light for longer periods of time, especially at night. The project's chief researcher Wright said that by letting people go camping and being exposed to the natural light, they will form a more natural sleep pattern that is more in line with the sunrise and the natural law of sunset.
Outdoor activities help sleep
During the course of the study, the members of the test team were exposed to natural light four times more often than they were when they were living.
The researchers found in the experiment that when the subjects were exposed to artificial light, melatonin levels did not decrease until two hours after awakening. This may also explain why, in the modern living environment, we quickly become sleepy after waking up in the morning.
When the duration of exposure to natural light increases and the biological clock is advanced two hours earlier, the melatonin levels of the test group members are reduced during the wake-up hour (ie, 6 am), so they feel more alert and more mental in the morning. Suitable for 9 to 5 working rhythms.
Researchers believe that camping mainly allows people to think about the impact of modern electrical lighting patterns on our biological clock.
However, not all people with insomnia can be completely isolated from the world for a week and it is difficult for modern people to escape from artificial light. Wright said that exposure to natural light is not a must for camping. During the day, walking in the morning, picking a location by the window, or taking a walk outside for lunch can increase the amount of time exposed to natural light. In the evening, turning off your computer and TV and dimming the lights will help you sleep.
 
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