What I Read: How to reset your sleep cycle

By Chad Pasinger, Assistant Photo Editor

I know as college students we face some pretty hectic sleep schedules.

We pull all-nighters in the library, go out with friends, take on the night shift at our jobs, and those 8 am classes just SUCK no matter how much of a morning person you are.

And sometimes you just have one of those nights where you can’t get any good sleep.

But there may be hope for all of us insomniacs.  

According to an article published on NPR.org, sleeping outside without any artificial lights can reset your sleep cycle.

I know in Chattanooga, people are always pushing the great outdoors (and why not), but if you’re tired of it just hear me out.

Kenneth Wright a professor of Physiology at the University of Colorado, Boulder did a study on replacing artificial lights with natural lights and how it affects sleep patterns.

It all has to do with the melatonin, the hormone that makes you sleepy.

The type of light you are exposed to changes the rates melatonin levels rise and fall in your body.

The study found melatonin levels don’t rise very fast when people are exposed to artificial lights. And drops faster when you are exposed to more natural light sources, like sunlight.

It said the best way to reset your sleep clock was to go camping outside and not bring any artificial lights.  

If you still don’t want to go camping or just can’t find the time, another solution is to replace your lights in your home with lights more similar to the sun.

Ashley Day

Ashley Day


Ashley is a communication major with a minor in psychology. She spends most of her spare time hiking, eating sushi or taking photos. To contact Ashley, email her at jks461@mocs.utc.edu.

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