One week of glamping surrounded by outdoors, combined with shunning all light that is ‘man-made’ will do the trick if you are looking to reset your body clock to its natural sleep rhythms, and what better way to do it than on a glamping UK trip?
Due to the fact that millennials and even those older than the millennial generation are living with increased levels of electrical light, while experiencing less time being exposed to natural light, millions of body clocks around the world are all being thrown from their circadian rhythms.
The fact that people have unwittingly lost their natural sleep patterns has been cited as a contributor to poor quality sleep. So how do we know about this and what can we do?
Experts state that the internal biological clocks that exist within humans will automatically ‘pair’ to a natural, midsummer light-dark cycle if it has the chance to. These vary across the world, but here in the UK during midsummer we see 16.5 hours of daylight and 7.5 hours of dark.
As we become more reliant on electrical light once the sun has set later sleep patterns and schedules begin to form, thus disturbing the natural circadian rhythms, which can cause us to feel unwell, or short of rest.
Dr Kenneth Wright and associates from the University of Colorado, who are behind the results, and they discovered that by exposing ourselves to heightened amounts of sunlight, instead of depending on electric light, readjusted the internal clock more quickly. This is pivotal as it can assist in lowering the “physiological, cognitive and health consequences of circadian disruption.”
Forget the struggle to rise
Experts state that it takes just seven days of purely being exposed only to natural light, for our internal circadian clocks to find that all-important alignment with solar time. Essentially, our internal biological night kicks in at sunset (when it’s supposed to) and ends when we wake just after sunrise (when it’s supposed to), sounds appealing, right?
Additionally, the researchers revealed that participants’ average light exposure increased more than four times during the week of only natural light.
Dr Nicole Lovato, a sleep expert and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Flinders University, said: “It confirms existing knowledge regarding the effect of light exposure on the circadian rhythm, or body clock, and its timing in humans.”
So why Glamping
Just to support the notions put forward from Lovato et al, the study “suggests that controlling light exposure (decreasing evening light levels, or filtering out the shorter wavelengths such as blue and green) and increasing morning light exposure would be sufficient to treat delayed sleep problems. This is a fairly common problem in adolescents and young adults,” Dr Leon Lack, a sleep expert in his own right added. Although Dr Lack did not take part in the study he did support its findings, further cementing the findings.
So when you go glamping, or indeed camping, you are allowing your body to become exposed to an outdoor lighting regime which has the potential to, in the short term, correct the problems of delayed sleep phase that man-made light causes. The only thing is that the effects are not permanent, however, on the plus side, it gives you the perfect reason to book another luxury camping holiday!