Problems with your partner’s sleep patterns?


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“To sleep, perchance to dream.”
Get back on track
by going camping,
or even glamping.
Just leave behind your i-pads, laptops, mobile phones.
Don’t moan the absence of technology,
feel instead the synergy
of living with nature’s light.
Follow her intent
by camping in a tent,
rising with the sun
and sleeping when it sets
and ushers in the night.
Synchronise your bed
with the melatonin in your head
and get a good night’s sleep instead.
31st July 2013 – headline from the Independent
Notes:  “Problems with your partner’s sleep patterns? How the night owl and early bird can get into sync.”  If you find that you have different sleeping patterns to your partner then try going on a camping holiday together for a week without flashlights, iPads or mobile phones.  A study of eight people who had dramatically different sleeping patterns to one another found that they all became synchronised over when to go to bed and when to get up after a week’s camping holiday together.  Scientists believe that the total absence of artificial light for a week – including access to illuminated screens – forced their biological clocks to synchronise around natural daylight hours, making them sleepy at the same time of the evening.  The scientists believe that high levels of artificial light in the evening may be disturbing some peoples’ natural sleep cycles by influencing the production of melatonin, a chemical messenger in the brain that helps to controls the biological clock.  Limiting a person’s exposure to laptops, TV and other screen devices, as well as diming electric lights in the evening, could help people who find themselves drifting away from normal sleeping patterns.

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