Another great camping experiment

In the original Incredible camping experiment, a week-long camping trip was shown to cause people to fall sleep & wake earlier, feel better, and advanced their melatonin secretion.  In the new Camping Experiment, they showed that 70% of this is accomplished within the first 2 days!

 

Some of the #FakeNews headlines attributed the improved sleep quality to sleeping in a tent.  “Cute.”  More likely, this was driven by absence of artificial light.

Proposal: How about fasting from artificial light one day per week?  Or maybe just one night per week?

 

 




 

During normal daily non-camping living, we get way more exposure to light: mainly at night (the worst time), and a lot of blue (the worst kind):

 

All light at night isn’t bad: moonlight and campfire are A-OK.

 

 

In the absence of artificial light at night, our circadian rhythms are much more rapidly entrained:

 

^note the robust shifts in melatonin in the absence of artificial light

 




 

Do an artificial light fast a couple nights per week: a 70% improvement in circadian rhythms is worth it.  Or at least get wise about hot blue blockers.

 

calories proper

 

 

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