Which is the natural rhythm of our sleep? The question has been answered in Brazil, in the small town of Baependi.
A group of English researchers has discovered that in this city people follow a natural sleep-awake cycle, similar to that of pre-industrial civilization. Learn more!
When Do the People of Baependi Go To Sleep and When They Get Up?
The most of them have answered: Waking up at 7.15 a.m. and going to bed at 10.20 p.m. However, people who live in the surrounding countryside have answered: 6.30 a.m. and 9.20 p.m.
Our body naturally adapts itself to the day-night rhythm, for this reason our habits are not far from those of Baependi’s people.
When the sun sets, in fact, our organism produces the melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleep-wake cycle. Because of artificial lights, often our body doesn’t produce the right amount of melatonin. For this reason we tend to go to sleep later at night, but in the morning we have to wake up early to go to work, and here begin the problems related to sleep deprivation
But the Problem is Not Only the Electricity!
In fact, in the city of Baependi there’s electricity and also cable TV! A professor of molecular neurobiology at the University of Surrey explains that likely the prolonged exposure to sunlight during the day helps the Baependi citizens to improve their sleep!
Sleeping According to Nature
In confirmation of this, a study conducted by the University of Colorado: On average, the sleep-wake cycle of a group of people shifted of about 2 hours, after one week of camping, exposed only to natural light!
How Can We Improve Our Sleep Without Moving to Brazil or Camping?
Expose yourself to the natural sunlight as much as possible during the day and to artificial lights as little as possible during the evening!
In the morning open the bedroom’s curtains and let the light stream inside. In the evening only keep on the lights that are absolutely indispensable.
Your body will thank you!
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