Camping resets internal clock

Camping resets internal clock

After a week in the wild, people went to bed and got up earlier

By Meghan Rosen, 14:40 PM August 23, 2013

A short camping trip could help people rise and shine.

After a week living in tents in Colorado’s Rockies, volunteers’ internal clocks shifted about two hours earlier, transforming night owls into early birds, researchers report August 1 in Current Biology.

“It’s a clever study, and it makes a dramatic point,” says Katherine Sharkey, a sleep researcher and physician at Brown University. People get much more light outside than they do indoors, and that can reset their internal clocks, she says....

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