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Healthy Start

This summer… SLEEP UNDER THE STARS

To get your slumber schedule back on track, book a weekend under canvas. US researchers have discovered that because our internal clock, or circadian rhythm, is governed by the natural light-dark cycle, two nights in nature can have truly transformative effects. Participants went camping for a weekend, with no mobiles or unnatural light sources like head torches; on returning, their body’s rise in the hormone melatonin, which promotes sleep, had shifted one hour 24 minutes earlier, helping them nod off. It’s all down to the natural light, which hits photoreceptors in the eyes, altering the brain’s master clock which prompts a cascade of events that help us snooze. And it’s beneficial to more than just your eye bags: delayed sleep timing has been associated with poor cognitive performance, diabetes and obesity. So carry on camping!

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Get that #summerglow with the June/July issue of Healthy, which features the incredible Davina McCall on the cover. We’ve got a brand new natural beauty section, plus a summer body guide covering lean protein and expert fitness advice. Also, find out how to make street food at home with everything from Buddha bowls to cashew and coriander falafel. Plus! We ask: can a sun tan EVER be healthy? And do you really need those expensive trainers? Find out more in the brand new issue of Healthy.
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