Did you know that almost 45% of Americans have trouble falling asleep? If you count yourself as part of this group, it’s likely that you’re looking for some solutions to your problem. The good news is that spending time outdoors will likely help you fall asleep and stay asleep at night. Here’s what you need to know.
Reset Your Circadian Rhythms
One of the most amazing things about spending time outdoors is that it can actually help reset your circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are shifts in the body’s biological processes that happen over the course of a 24-hour cycle. Since they’re partly in response to light and darkness, spending too much time in front of a screen that emanates light has a tendency to mess with them. When you’re out in nature, particularly when you’re spending a night or two underneath the stars, you have the opportunity to operate with the natural cycle of the sun and moon. When your body is aligned with natural light cycles, it’s easier to fall asleep and feel more refreshed when it’s time to wake up. Not only that but waking up with the sun is much more pleasant than waking up in the dark to a screaming alarm clock.
Relieve Stress and Anxiety
Humans have anxiety about a lot of things. For some it’s work. For others, it’s getting older. And still for others, it’s the knowledge that 50% of a product’s antioxidant properties can be gone in less than six months on the shelf. Those products aren’t cheap, after all. But regardless of what’s stressing you out, being outdoors can help with that. The things that you see, hear, and experience while you’re outside can have a hugely positive impact on your mental well being. In fact, there are multiple studies that prove just that. In some cases, just looking at a picture of a natural landscape when you’re stressed can help you relax a little bit. And when you’re more relaxed and feeling positive, you’re likely to sleep much better at night. Without all of that anxiety to keep your head spinning, you’ll probably have a much easier time falling asleep, as well.
Engage in Physical Activity
Even more than simply being outside, getting active while you’re in the great outdoors can work even bigger wonders for your sleep schedule. And fortunately for people everywhere, there’s a wealth of activities to perform outside all year round. If you live in an area that sees all four seasons, even winter has activities that can get your blood pumping. Things like sledding, ice skating, and even snowball fights are excellent forms of physical activity for the winter months. But maybe stay away from sports like baseball until spring or summer. Shaved bats don’t really do well unless it’s over 65 degrees outside. Spring, summer and fall offer a variety of sports and other outdoor activities like hiking, running, and swimming. The point is that when you move your body, you’re more likely to sleep better at night. Not only that, but the endorphins you produce will help you feel amazing.
Getting better sleep at night is a journey that might take lots of twists and turns. But the truth of the matter is that getting outside could help you sleep much better than you are right now.