Try Sleeping Outdoors for Better Health
By Tom Herrin
For those who have found themselves cooped up inside for most of every day, there is a whole different world out there. The old term "rut" can be just that. People may often seem to get stuck in their routine as if it were a deep crevice that they can feel inescapable. Making a point to enjoy the outdoors, such as a camping trip, can have a tremendous impact on their health. Just about everyone did some kind of camping as a child, even if it was to take a few things out in the backyard and have a short campout with friends. As an adult, getting out and soaking up what is there may be a real boost to health.
It May Mean Better Sleep
Most people are so busy that they have trouble sleeping well. It is often interrupted or difficult to work in. There is something about sleeping outdoors that has a different feel. When people do this for a few days, they usually end up getting up around the time the sun comes up and going to bed shortly after it goes down. This connection with nature can pay off in improving ability to sleep. According to a University of Colorado study, when people begin to adjust to a natural schedule that is associated with the sun, they become more balanced and better quality sleep is one of the real benefits.
It Can Help Reduce Stress
Stress can be a killer, literally. Most people deal with some kind at various times. Finding ways to to eliminate or deal with stress can go a long way toward improving health. A University of Minnesota study found that even viewing nature could reduce stress. Obviously spending time with the real thing can do a lot. First-time campers or those who have not experienced it in a long time are often amazed at the effect.
It May Help Strengthen Families
From personal experience, I know that camping can lighten the load on a family. Ours always loved getting out. We looked forward to it and did so at every opportunity. I always felt more inspired to walk around and take in the sights and sounds. It is one of those things that you may not realize you are doing until you have done quite a lot. We usually took at least one lengthy camping trip per year but also took short ones every chance we got. You will be surprised at just how much one overnight camping trip can do.
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