If you鈥檙e thinking about how much you鈥檇 pay for a power nap at work today 鈥 or every Monday 鈥 join the (women鈥檚) club. Membership definitely skews female, since women consistently report more trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep than men. And some of our favorite things throw off our internal clocks even more and make for especially drowsy Mondays:聽staying up late on Fridays for GNO, sipping on聽Super Bowl cocktails and scrolling through聽Instagram wanderlust聽in bed. But science has an easy and fun solution, so get ready to plan a weekend getaway.

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A new study from the University of Colorado at Boulder found that people can reset their internal clock, or circadian rhythm, by spending just two days in the great outdoors. Your circadian rhythm is super important. It regulates your sleep by doling out melatonin a few hours before your natural bedtime (triggered by darkness),聽and scientists believe it plays a part in a lot of other critical functions, down to the molecular level. Beyond sleep, studies have found circadian rhythms are tied to your body鈥檚 health, from risk of聽disease聽to weight management and emotional well-being.

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To see if a weekend in nature could reset people鈥檚 internal clocks,聽researchers sent nine volunteers in their 20s and 30s on a camping trip, and asked five other people to spend the weekend at home. Researchers tracked the change in circadian rhythms for both groups, specifically when their bodies鈥櫬爉elatonin started kicking in. The study found that campers鈥 internal bedtimes shifted to over an hour earlier than before the experiment. Plus, we can only imagine they had some amazing, undisturbed sleep under the stars. Super telling of our lazy indoor weekend habits, the camping group, who camped in the winter, was exposed to 13 times more natural light than usual. Yikes 鈥 we鈥檝e gotta get out more.

The group that stayed at home threw off their internal clocks even more by staying up later, then sleeping in super late (an indulgence that鈥檚 actually bad for our weekly sleep routines).

Since we spend more time inside during winter and the days are shorter, the study says you鈥檒l get the greatest sleep benefit if you camp during the聽wintertime. Time to pack your tent and plan a weekend camping adventure RN, which is possibly the best prescription for health ever. But there鈥檚 one rule, according to the study: no tech allowed after sunset!

Would you plan a weekend trip to reset your internal clock? Let us know where you鈥檇 set up camp @BritandCo.

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