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Can Camping Cure Insomnia?

Besides helping you to commune with nature, camping can help to reset your sleep cycle! Trace tells us the details of a new study that will send every insomniac heading for the woods.

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A week’s worth of camping syncs internal clock to sunrise and sunset, CU-Boulder study finds

“Spending just one week exposed only to natural light while camping in the Rocky Mountains was enough to synch the circadian clocks of eight people participating in a University of Colorado Boulder study with the timing of sunrise and sunset.”

Perspective: Casting light on sleep deficiency

“There are many reasons why people get insufficient sleep in our 24/7 society, from early starts at work or school, or long commutes, to caffeine-rich food and drink.”

How Electric Light Is Harming Our Normal Sleep Cycles

“Electric lighting is a major culprit in our chronic state of sleep deprivation, according to a new perspective published in the journal Nature.”

Sleep Experiment — A Month With No Artificial Light

“I mentioned how my family (it’s not something you can do without your whole household participating) went without artificial light (including all electric lights, TV, and computers) after sundown, for all of June in 2009. June, being the month of the longest days, was the easiest month for such an experiment.”

Circadian rhythms during and after three months in solitude underground

“The existence and persistence of the habitual circadian (Halberg, Halberg, Barnum & Bittner, 1959) rhythms of renal function have been studied in Eskimos and other Arctic dwellers who are not subjected to the usual alternation of night and day, as well as in inhabitants of temperate latitudes spending the summer in the Arctic and living on abnormal time schedules (Lobban, 1960).”


“Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body. Melatonin used as medicine is usually made synthetically in a laboratory. It is most commonly available in pill form, but melatonin is also available in forms that can be placed in the cheek or under the tongue. This allows the melatonin to be absorbed directly into the body.”

Light from electronic screens at night linked to sleep loss

“Last month the American Medical Association issued a policy recognizing ‘that exposure to excessive light at night, including extended use of various electronic media, can disrupt sleep or exacerbate sleep disorders, especially in children and adolescents.”

Circadian Rhythms Fact Sheet

“Circadian rhythms are physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment.”

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