In an age of speed, sleep is fast forward, so insomnia has become one of the diseases of modern society. But how about a holiday in the mountains to treat insomnia?
Whether it's for a few days or a complete stay, a holiday in the heart of the mountains rebalances us and recharges our batteries. Imagine hearing, every day, the rustling of trees, dancing in the wind and the song of birds! Feel the fresh air fill your lungs and surrender your senses of nature, which surround you. All this sensory experience cannot be obtained through a mobile application, designed to help you fall asleep, but by activating all the senses, which can only be obtained offline, there, in the middle of nature.
If sleep is not your closest friend, then it's time to turn back your biological clock. How? Go to the mountains with the tent or remove the artificial light for at least a weekend and go out in nature. At least that's what Kenneth Wright, a professor of integrative physiology at the University of Colorado, who studied this form of treatment, says. According to his experiment, the modern lifestyle, in which artificial light constantly invades us, also affects our internal clock. Treatment? A weekend in the mountains, with the tent, where to expose ourselves to natural light, resets our internal clock, rebalances the level of melatonin in our body. Sunlight becomes the natural alarm, indicating the time of sleep and the time of awakening, and those who did this "treatment" slept much better in the next period.
But if you don’t like to go camping, book a hotel room for a weekend and then explore the area. The mountain has something to show you and this direct contact with nature will help you enormously.
Hiking and outdoor sports
Insomnia and lack of physical exertion can be a cause and effect relationship. Exercise contributes a lot to improving sleep and if it is performed in nature, then its benefits multiply. Hiking or outdoor sports activate all the senses and deactivate the stress response. As a therapy of the mind, the activities practiced in the mountains create not only spectacular memories, but also an experience in which the tourist has an intrinsic "rehabilitation".
Clean air and low temperature - physiological trigger
Over time, research has shown that fresh air can have a cooling effect on the body, which induces a restful sleep faster. There are many positive associations between fresh air and relaxation, and when we are more relaxed, we fall asleep much easier. Basically, the main blockage is removed.
A slight drop in body temperature can induce a state of fatigue, so when you go on holiday in the mountains you feel the need to lie down a bit or go to bed much earlier. A well-known remedy for insomnia is to sleep in a cooler bedroom, because when our body temperature drops it is a signal to the brain that it is time for sleep.
When did you plan your next mountain vacation?