Do THIS If You Want to Be a Morning Person, Says Science
It started out innocently enough. I’ll just scroll through Instagram for five minutes, you said. I’ll just watch one episode of House of Cards on Netflix, you said. Regardless of rhyme or reason, somewhere along the line your sleep schedule—or lack thereof—got majorly thrown off. Now you’re tired all of the time—the five cups of coffee still isn't doing it for me kind of tired. But if you’ve tried every trick of the trade when it comes to normalizing your sleep schedule, here's one more: Consider taking a weekend away in the wilderness.
History lesson time: Before iPhone alarms (or phones in general), people rose with the sun and fell asleep when it set. It’s that methodology that has inspired the idea of camping to reset your circadian rhythm—or, in laymen's terms, your sleep cycles. The National Institute of General Medical Studies explains circadian rhythm as “physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment.” This means that by aligning your sleep timing with your environment you’ll be less groggy, because your internal clock and reality will be in sync. And there’s no better way to get in sync and disconnect from distractions (and Wi-Fi) than getting out in nature.
Camping not your thing? A staycation can do the trick, too: Reap the benefits of this study at home by vowing to keep your lights (and other devices) turned off for a few days—and keep your shades up and curtains opened. Once the sun streams through your windows, rise and shine. (And catch up on House of Cards during waking hours.)
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