||Your camping trip this summer may well have done more than provide you with some much needed fresh air and a break from the rat race. According to University research it could greatly improve your sleep cycle and quality of sleep.
A new report from the University of Colorado examined the influence of light change in sleeping patterns by studying campers experiences.
The findings revealed that red glow of natural firelight was much more beneficial for sleep compared to the bluish light given by electronics such as TVs, computers and cellphones. In addition, the real darkness found at a campsite in the countryside was much better than found in the city.
In those surveyed, it was found that the campers shifted to an earlier sleep schedule during the week in the wilderness, paralleling the day and night. Even those who were insomniacs or night owls responded to the new sleep habits.
“What’s remarkable is how, when we’re exposed to natural sunlight, our clocks perfectly become in sync in less than a week to the solar day,” said researcher Kenneth Wright, a neuroscientist at the university. The work is published in a research journal called Current Biology.
In a separate study from Ohio State University that monitored the effect of blue and light white light, the findings supported this theory.
In a study on the effects on hamsters, the blue and white light caused a reaction in cells in the retina that are linked to the “circadian” rhythm — the body’s sense of day and night. The reddish natural light did not effect the test subjects.
“In nearly every measure we had, hamsters exposed to blue light were the worst off, followed by those exposed to white light,” the team announced. “While total darkness was best, red light was not nearly as bad as the other wavelengths we studied.”