Were going to fall asleep at eleven, and the dream came long after midnight? Falling asleep and deep night sleep is a problem for many of us. But here’s the good news: Perhaps scientists have groped for a new simple solution for managing sleep.
A study published in the journal Current Biology, showed: prolonged exposure to the body of electric lighting with a lack of sunlight leads to difficulties with falling asleep and waking up.
For example, when study participants went on a hike, their circadian rhythms were mostly “reset,” and their levels of melatonin (a hormone that controls circadian rhythms) jumped. As a result, people tended to fall asleep and wake up earlier.
That is prolonged exposure to natural sunlight helps our internal clocks adjust to seasonal changes and allows you to fall asleep faster and wake up earlier.
Therefore, the next time you find yourself locked in a room (for example, in an office), try to take breaks for a half-hour walk outside.
You can read more about the role of sleep for our health in this article.