Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Well we might have the answer on how to solve this issue and it lies in the great outdoors…
Research has shown that spending more time in the great outdoors could actually help you to feel happier and healthier, as well aiding you in getting a good night sleep 7-nights a week!
Our bodies have been attuned to the clock of the natural life for thousands of years, dating back to the days when we would wake with the sunrise and sleep as it set. This is largely due to the fact that our bodies produce melatonin (a sleep hormone) as the sun sets, and this is replaced by the creation of cortisol when the sun rises and we wake in the morning.
In this day and age this is not necessarily a viable option, particularly when the sun can set as early as 4pm and in the summer rise as early as 4am. With the constricts of working hours, it’s unlikely that any of us would be able to adjust to such a drastic sleeping pattern, however, we can still utilise the power of the sun and natures body clock! Here are a few tips to utilise the natural world to better your sleeping pattern:
Put down your screens
The more time spent in the light of the computer has had a negative effect on our bodies, and particularly so in our sleeping patterns. Although it is hard to imagine a world completely rid of technology, try to put your phone to bed a few hours before you hit the sack. This will help your brain to realise that it is soon time to sleep. Swap out your evening scroll through social media for a good book and you will likely find you drop off to sleep quicker and feel much more refreshed in the morning.
Spend more time in sunlight
Sunlight is beneficial to our bodies, giving us the well-needed dose of vitamin D as well as a whole other range of benefits too. Spending time in the sunlight will give you a welcome boost of energy, meaning that you can become more productive through the day and help your body to produce the happy endorphins!
Get more done on a daily basis
If you find yourself often feeling too tired to have a productive day, leaving you feeling as if you need to just spend the day catching up on rest. However, this could be counter productive! Getting out and pushing yourself to do something, even as simple as going for a walk, could help you to boost your energy levels and happiness! In terms of helping you to sleep, the more you do in the day, the more tired and ready for bed you’ll be when the evening comes!
Go camping or glamping
Spending some real quality time in the great outdoors is the best way to sort out your sleeping pattern, and as little as just 2 nights on a camping or glamping holiday could sort you out! Take a short weekend break or even a long stay in one of our quirky abodes and we’re sure you’ll leave feeling refreshed, revitalised and ready to take on the world!
Practice good sleep hygiene
There are a variety of factors that go into having a good sleep hygiene routine that are said to improve your sleep quality and these include:
- No TV, computer games or phones allowed in the bedroom
- Avoid caffeine, sugar or spicy foods for around 4 hours before bed
- Ensure you’re relaxed in the evenings, try meditation, listening to relaxing music or breathing exercises to help to centre and calm yourself
- Put your stresses to bed long before yourself and enjoy your evenings
- Ensure that your sleeping space is clean, tidy and enjoyable to be in, try not to do any work or activities that ensure negative emotions in this space to train your brain
- Create a sleep diary to record how many hours of sleep you are getting each night, along with any disturbances, dreams or quirks that you discover
The better you sleep at night the happier and more productive you’ll be in your everyday life, so this is an important thing to get right! So get outdoors today and take the first step to a new, well-rested you!