Sleep

Can going outdoors improve sleep troubles?

Dr Frank Lipman
Jan 4, 2023

Can going outdoors improve sleep troubles? New research suggests that time spent outdoors during the day time might be beneficial for sleep. 

Study Summary

This new research, which relied on data from 507 students, found that: 

  • During the winter, students get less light exposure, which may reduce sleep quality. 
  • Daylight exposure is key to preventing a delayed circadian clock, which can disrupt sleep. 

The Hearty Take 

We know that light exposure is critical to a balanced circadian rhythm, your body’s 24 hour biological clock. This study provides evidence as to the importance of getting outdoors during daylight to support sleep rhythms. Use light to your advantage to optimize your circadian rhythm - expose yourself to natural light during the day and avoid artificial lighting at night. 

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