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The campsite antidote to ... insomnia!

Jan 19th 2014 at 8:11 PM

Having trouble getting to sleep at night and feel exhausted day? If so, maybe you should go camping.

A new study reveals that exposure for seven days in natural light sunrise and sunset synchronizes the biological clock, helping us to Sleep soundly and wake up when we rest.

Indeed the greatest benefit from camping derive those who sleep very late at night. Researchers from the University of Colorado, published their study in the journal «Current Biology», they say that the modern lifestyle disrupts our biological rhythms, because of the artificial light and the reduced exposure to natural light of the sun.

As they explain, all living organisms have developed biological rhythms linked from sunrise and sunset. Nevertheless, the widespread use of electric light from the 30s onwards affect our biological clock, allowing us to stay awake much longer than what nature horizon. The good news is that one week of exposure to natural light is what you need to reset the organization. Researchers tracked the daily life eight adults, recording their exposure to natural and artificial lighting, and their sleep patterns.

Examining the levels of "sleep hormone" melatonin, concluded that modern lifestyles cause almost two hours delay in circadian rhythms (so called scientific biological clock). Normally, melatonin levels rise just before we get to sleep and gradually decrease during the night until they awaken. The subjects of this study were coming to bed after midnight and woke up at around 8 am. however the levels of melatonin in their blood remained elevated for several hours after the morning rising, which suggests that their biological clock was detuned. The researchers asked them to do camping for a week, forbidding them to use lenses and electronic devices.

The only lights were permitted hours was that of fire. Results: eight synchronized sleep and getting up to the west and sunrise respectively, resulting in melatonin levels begin to fluctuate at a normal rate. Thus, 'entered to sleep early and woke up very early in the morning, "said lead researcher Dr. Kenneth Wright, assistant professor at the University TmimaPsychiatrikis. what you can do for people who have problems sleeping and did not have the opportunity to go camping? To start the day early with a walk to the nearest park, recommended by Dr. Wright. And begin at dusk off the pale light sources at home (from the mobile to the computer), because the penumbra is still no indication that the approaching night.

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