October 30, 2023 2 min read
Your circadian rhythms are a part of your body’s internal clock that influences when you go to sleep and when you wake up. It’s easy to get caught in the motions of everyday life, which includes looking at your phone or a screen before bedtime. The screens in our life actually inhibit our body from producing melatonin, making it harder to fall asleep. Exposure to natural light and the natural day-night cycles can help regulate your circadian rhythms. Sleeping outside, even occasionally, can help reset your internal clock. This can lead to better sleep patterns, improved mood, and increased energy levels.
At HEST, our camping mattresses are made to spend time with you outside - so we understand the power of connecting with the natural world around you. Sleeping outdoors allows you to feel grounded and closer to nature, which can have a profound impact on your well-being. Whether you’re falling asleep under a starry sky, listening to the soothing sounds of crickets chirping, or waking up to sunshine on your face, this connection to nature allows for you to be present, relax and get a good night's rest.
Sleeping outside encourages mindfulness and an escape from the constant distractions of the modern world. Without the many outside factors that aid in making our lives stressful, sleeping outside can be more restorative and can improve your overall well-being by decreasing your cortisol levels (the hormone released when you’re stressed).
Boosting your immune system while camping? Sign us up. Studies show that spending time outside will increase the amount of protein and white blood cells in your body, which are key in protecting us from infection. When you sleep outside your body relaxes, so your blood pressure goes down which helps you fall asleep faster and the more you sleep, the stronger your immune system is!
We know that amazing feeling of stepping outside after a day of work or school and getting a breath of fresh air. But did you know that oxygen levels in your brain actually impact your mood? The quality of oxygen outside is less concentrated with CO2, so when you sleep in fresh air you have more oxygen in your brain so serotonin levels go up, you sleep better and your brain functions better the next day.