When it comes to getting to bed at night, it's always tempting to keep your laptop out for just that little bit longer or check your social media channels just one more time... With all of that blue light just before bed time, you might find it difficult to nod off. Many of us spend sleepless nights counting metaphorical sheep, but have you ever considered an excursion to the countryside and sleeping with some real sheep to help your sleeping woes?
Recent studies have shown that if you're having difficulty getting a good night's rest, sleeping under the stars might be just what you need. For many of us the idea of camping conjure up flashbacks of badly pitched tents, and trying to cook soggy bacon in the British 'summer', but a study from Colorado University suggests that a few nights in a tent has a positive effect on your sleeping patterns.
As a result of our modern environment, our body clocks can be delayed by up two hours due to us being a lot more active at night than we have been in the past. By spending a few night under the stars, and away from those pesky gadgets and artificial light that can keep you up at night, you can reset your body clock due to the increased levels of natural light you experience whilst camping. According to the study, an excursion as short as 2 nights would still be enough to have a positive impact on your circadian rhythms, allowing you to fall asleep at a more reasonable hour.
For those of us that aren't that keen on a camping trip in the current weather, you can get similar results by exposing yourself to morning light and cutting down on the amount of electrical light you expose yourself to, especially in the evening, as the blue light emitted by electrical devices can disrupt your circadian rhythms.
If you are feeling the urge to experience a few nights in the great outdoors, then make sure you keep warm and comfortable - and don't forget your pyjamas! With temperature increasingly lower throughout February you'll definitely need to stay warm. With this in mind, maybe it's time to start planning those summer camping holidays in advance...