It’s that time of year when it’s getting darker, at least if you live in the northern hemisphere. Up there, Fall makes it easy to stay up binge-watching Netflix or let the gaming sessions go pass midnight. Now, we know cozying up in front of your favorite screen content is hard to beat, but science tells a different story. One about the benefits of sleeping outdoors, leaving those screens be, giving them a well-deserved rest.
Sleep quality isn’t just a matter of catching those eight hours. It’s also about the quality of your night’s rest. Good sleep is influenced by a number of things, including stress and anxiety, noise, artificial light, temperature and air quality. Several studies show that one progressive method for improving sleep quality is to move from sleeping indoors to the fresh air of the outdoors, right under the sky.
The man who redefined sleep
Nick Littlehales is one of the leading sleep recovery performance coaches in Britain and the man who redefined sleep in elite sports. He’s been the secret weapon for football teams such as Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool. And he’s helped lots of successful athletes in various sports improve their performance – by them starting to make sleep a priority.
In the article “The business of sleep” published in GQ Magazine, Littlehales explains that the main problem today is to get people to sleep in the first place. The problem is not necessarily blue light from screens, but the information overload that comes from the use of them. That’s what messes with our brains, Littlehales points out. He introduced a remarkably low-tech solution to his athletes, simply asking them to start sleeping outdoors, once in a while.
4 outdoor elements that will improve your sleep
1. Natural light
It’s all about our circadian rhythm and the sunrise and sundown chart. Instead of always sleeping indoors, embrace the opportunity to sleep outdoors and let the sun naturally wake you in the morning. Remember we are human beings who love light and so does every single function in our body.
2. Low temperature
Even though most of us might not reflect on the temperature of our bedroom at night, our rooms should be as low as 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit (15°-18° Celsius) to promote sleep quality. If the temperature hits 75 degrees or drops below 54 degrees, it can cause people to toss and turn all night, which can lead to poor sleep quality.
3. The sound of nature
The calming sound of the outdoors helps reduce stress. Which is why calming music consisting of the sound of wildlife or nature canhelp babies and adults rest easier.
4. Fresh air
The better the air quality, the better your brain works. Therefore, feeding it with top quality air will help sort your thoughts, calm your mind, and as a consequence also improve your sleep.
So, how about giving the outdoors a try just for a night or two? Chances are you’ll get some good quality sleep out of it.