Today marks National Wildlife Day, an annually observed date which raises awareness for the protection of local wildlife and green spaces.
National Wildlife Day can also be the perfect time to observe endangered species and to give something back to nature, whether that’s picking up some litter or investing in a bird table!
National Wildlife Day is an incredibly important date, not only because nature plays an integral role in our everyday lives, but because it can also have a brilliant impact on our health.
There are plenty of ways that nature can boost our mood, take a look at our article here on eco therapy – but what can nature do to our sleep quality?
Discover more below.
Lack of Blue Light
Many studies blame the introduction of modern lighting for having a negative affect on our sleep health, as the blue glare of screens and bright lights of the modern home can trick us into thinking that it’s still light outside, keeping us up for longer.
Spending the evening out in nature can be brilliant for reversing these effects, as the gradual setting of the sun can be perfect for naturally inducing tiredness, leading to a healthy rest.
Exposure to Animals
There’s no doubt that catching site of a wild animal you’ve never laid eyes on before can be an exciting experience.
Whether it’s seeing beautiful birds, catching a glimpse of wild rabbits or even going fishing, a day out and about, experiencing new things in nature can be brilliant for boosting overall mood – and a happy day means a better sleep.
A day out in nature seems to always come part and parcel with exercise, as the countryside can offer up many forms of activity, from hiking and walking through to canoeing and mountain biking.
Exercise can definitely help to improve sleep quality, as the surge of endorphins and physical exertion can be brilliant for boosting rest by the time you head to bed in the evening.
Check our our article on sleep and exercise here.
Mindfulness and Stress
One of the main perks of National Wildlife Day comes in the form of being able to step back, relax and to embrace our natural, beautiful surroundings.
One of the main causes of sleep loss can be put down to stress related worries, with millions of UK residents struggling with anxious thoughts.
Exposure to nature in the day – whether that’s in the form of a walk, cycle or even a picnic, can be brilliant for boosting mindfulness, reducing stress and ultimately leading to a better sleep.
If you’d like to give something back to nature, take a look at these tips here.
Happy National Wildlife Day!