Can Camping Cure Insomnia?

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

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

“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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47 comments

Treknologist August 6, 2013 - 2:32 AM

Watching any video after midnight puts me right to sleep.

Jacob Daugherty August 6, 2013 - 2:24 PM

I sense a political debate coming.

S.Romney August 6, 2013 - 6:01 PM

…………-_- your not half bad kid…..not at all. if your ever in Amsterdam holla at me. your will know the secret the universe when you smoke some Einstein kush 0.o

Marco Chapa August 6, 2013 - 10:21 PM

I thought this was a cod vid lol

blossomkitty August 7, 2013 - 4:44 AM

okay so i try not turning on the lights when it's going to be dark just a candle or so. because i REALLY have an issue with sleeping

Spencer Hall August 7, 2013 - 5:59 AM

Einstein Kush lol is that a real thing? Im smoking on some sour diesel now aha

Seige Drakonera August 7, 2013 - 6:26 AM

Thus happens to me every time I go to an S.C.A event, lol

SolsticeSong1 August 7, 2013 - 9:26 AM

Honestly, this happens whenever I go on vacation electricity or no. I think it's because I don't spend 4 hours watching DNews on the computer before bed when I'm away from home.

Joy L August 7, 2013 - 9:52 AM

I'm addicted to these science videos!

Ra Krop August 7, 2013 - 6:42 PM

cuz I smoke weed all the time

Michael Mizell August 8, 2013 - 9:01 AM

That moment when your watching this late at night and your like then

NuclearTube August 8, 2013 - 10:34 AM

I just got home form this frist weekend of August, I was at a 30 hour Airsoft milsim event, and I am sleeping so much deeper, and my eyes are not red, its easier to fall asleep, this video makes lots of scene =)

Noctua Boghosian August 10, 2013 - 3:31 AM

well… what else are they made of

Ben U August 10, 2013 - 6:24 AM

spying on us….

Beautybyjillian33 August 10, 2013 - 4:46 PM

Is it bad I'm watching this at 4am?

Brandon Perez August 11, 2013 - 2:02 PM

Watching this cuz I can't sleep xP

matthew roberts August 13, 2013 - 8:40 AM

I really liked the "we're here for you" part he just kinda threw in at the end it sounded really sincere.

matthew roberts August 13, 2013 - 8:41 AM

Making sure everyone knows that wasn't sarcasm sometimes it's hard to tell lol.

EpsilonThirteen August 13, 2013 - 3:32 PM

I'm watching this at 3 AM…

LillyTheCreator August 15, 2013 - 5:22 AM

I like to keep the lights on when I go to sleep so that the demons don't get me. Because everyone knows that monsters are scared of table lamps.

oh okay August 15, 2013 - 7:25 PM

I will NEVER GIVE UP MY MACBOOK PRO! NEVER!!!! lol

GUWOP TheMan August 16, 2013 - 12:51 AM

And the rest of the world

Tiana Ayers August 16, 2013 - 1:55 PM

I watch Dnews at before bed.

CD3MC August 17, 2013 - 1:38 PM

I've actually noticed this effect before… I find as long as internet access is unavailable, the effect is the same.

dewitubeX1 August 18, 2013 - 6:36 AM

is funny that i came with this idea of camping as the way to naturally get back the good sleep people deserve a long time ago and never did it…lol it makes alot of sense.

kermie01able August 20, 2013 - 7:06 AM

Trace's shirt is amazing!
Or I'm just a nerd…
Probably both…

randomgirlxrulz August 20, 2013 - 4:52 PM

Trace, where do you get your epic shirts?

lo Henry August 22, 2013 - 1:45 PM

Fuck you let me sleep

Nocturnus Schwartstein August 25, 2013 - 5:27 AM

FREAKIN' CAMPERS BE SNIPIN' MAH FACE!!!

Ethan Nino August 26, 2013 - 4:53 AM

how many hours before sleep should you stop using electronics?

marioornot August 26, 2013 - 4:19 PM

you need lights to be able to read right?

Ewan F August 28, 2013 - 1:50 AM

Impersonating Barack Obama?

Sometimes I Sing August 29, 2013 - 5:35 PM

Reading before bed puts me right to sleep. I do think getting away from the computer before bed is important.

Jonn Dillon October 13, 2013 - 7:28 PM

Hehehe, wait what am i on now at 1am :S

SangoProductions213 November 2, 2013 - 4:58 AM

know what? I would actually give up my computer for a week to not have it so I'm just lying down for 5 hours hoping to get to sleep, then having to seemingly immediately get right back up again.

Bidmartinlo November 21, 2013 - 3:02 PM

So they just lack self-control? Then it's their own fault.

The people who can't sleep, because of constant nightmares? That's another matter, because they've got history. :o

Dave4000 March 9, 2014 - 4:18 AM

I lay in a dark bedroom for hours and hours and I'm still wide awake.  So I give up and go on my computer, rather than waste hours trying to sleep when I can't.

Jaime Flor March 9, 2014 - 9:10 PM

If this camping trip includes my soulmate, who I haven't even met yet, and a Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar, then I be willing to give up most of electronic devices. I'm a songwriter, so I usually record my music on a computer, and wind up sleeping  for 2-3 hours, or not at all.                          

Circe June 8, 2014 - 6:46 PM

I watch DNews before sleeping…

Tyler Studanski June 9, 2014 - 11:11 PM

I love camping!

Matt Kleinhans August 10, 2015 - 6:35 PM

For some reason I sleep better in the school year, (8-6 hours consistently) but during summer every 3 days or so I sleep from like 11-330 and can't go back to bed? I'm confused

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