I would like to formally introduce you to 3 things right now.
1) Here is the alluring beach/pool setting I began my morning with.
2) Here is the unforgiving sun, pre-sunset, when I left the beach.
and 3) Here is the unfortunate, yet admittedly amusing, sunburn I managed to sustain from the combination of the above pictures and a lack of sunscreen. Apparently the aesthetically pleasing function of the ring on my swimsuit doesn’t communicate very well on a different medium, my hip.
Fast forward 6 hours and I’m blogging in bed, careful not to jostle my newly acquired red tint. It’s only 9:36, yet I find my eyelids heavy and slowly descending. It’s like gravity decided to quadruple its efforts on my eyelashes. The only thing I did today was lay out! How can I be sleepy so early? Browsing the mother of all knowledge, the Internet, I stumble across a fascinating article from Discovery Fit&Health that links sunlight and sleep.
Our body has this natural cycle called a Circadian Rhythm. It’s what tells our brain when to wake up and when to sleep. One of the things that regulates this cycle is sunlight. Geniuses are always conducting studies, and one of these geniuses discovered that getting exposure to the sun during morning hours can help you sleep better at night. This is because sunlight tells your brain to wake up, wake up, wake up! This natural alarm clock is a solid reference point that your brain can grasp on to to help it determine when nighttime/sleepytime happens later in the day.
Facts and Figures:
- The body clock is most sensitive to sunlight between 6 and 8:30 AM.
- Direct sunlight exposure for at least 30 minutes is best
So where do my angry looking tan lines and hot-tub-hating skin fit into this? It’s a mighty fine example of science at work. It’s now 10:07 and I feel like the walking dead. I normally stay up till at least midnight. I think overdosing on sun has proven to be just as effective as a spoonful of Nyquil and a decent back massage.
On that note, I’m off to break Rip Van Winkle’s record.
Sleep right & sleep tight,