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#1 Hum

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 21:54

 A weeklong camping trip can help reset a person's internal biological clock, so that it will be easier to wake up in the morning and feel more alert, a new study suggests.

After study participants spent more time exposed to natural light and less time in artificial lighting, researchers found their bedtimes and wake-up times shifted, both moving up to two hours earlier.

"After camping, the night owls in the group showed the greatest shifts in the timing of their internal clocks," said study researcher Kenneth P. Wright, Jr., an associate professor of physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

"Night owls looked more similar to earlier morning types," Wright said. In other words, night owls started keeping an early-to-bed, early-to-rise schedule, and they said they felt more alert in the morning.

This study was the first to quantify the impact of our modern lifestyle — of spending more time indoors in artificial light and less time outdoors in natural light — on human's internal biological clocks, or circadian rhythms, the researchers said.

 

During the week of camping, the participants were exposed to four times more natural light, on average, compared with when they lived their normal lives, Wright said.

 

More natural light caused the participants' internal clocks to become perfectly in sync with nature's light and dark cycle, or the timing of sunrise and sunset, he pointed out.

 

"If people want to be more alert in the morning, they need to increase their exposure to natural lighting during the day, and decrease their exposure to electrical lighting in the evening," Wright said.

The findings are published online today (Aug. 1) in the journal Current Biology.

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 22:33

Not news here - can't count how often I've taken to the deep woods to reset / decompress. I usually come out looking like Grizzly Adams but feeling like $1M.

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 22:41

Camping is awesome (in Canada). I used to just go to the mountains and camp out near the rivers. I'd then hike up the mountains and sit atop the mountain and ponder everything about everything. Not only did I feel better about myself each time I did this, it was awesome!

 

In Australia though I have a slight fear of camping and have yet to do it. In Canada you may get killed by a bear, but I can see that big mofo coming. In Australia you don't see it coming, you see it going... and by then it's likely too late.

 

I miss camping :(



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 23:09

In Michigan we have black & brown bear, wild hogs, seasonally aggressive large (300+ lbs) buck deer (who have been known to kill people), coyotes (everywhere!) and in the north cougars as far as larger animals to contend with. Even smaller critters can give grief; bobcats, badgers, various weasel family members, raccoons etc. are wickedl if you accidentally surprise or corner them.

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 23:19

Minus the poison Ive!



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 23:24

Poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak. Then there are the rattlesnakes. Small ones, a meter or so, but still there

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 02:11

Article misses the benefits of exposure to more negative ions, at night.

 

Quite helpful to your health. ;)



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 02:14

Oklahoma camping is pretty nice. Rattlesnakes tend to stay clear of camping areas. A few mountain lions in the area but they stick to the reserves. Boars and coons are the only things you really have to watch out for.