The Magic of Sleeping Outdoors

Having lived in central Copenhagen for more than 10 years, I find myself more and more drawn to the comforting embrace of nature.

During the week I will walk my two daxies in the parks in our neighbourhood, but escaping to the beautiful surroundings of our cottage in Svanninge Bakker on the weekends works wonders for my balance in life, my sleep and mental well-being.

There's a certain attraction to resting among the wildflowers in the tranquil fields or seeking comfort under the twinkling stars in my own garden.
Yet' there's more to this than meets the eye. It's about something deeper.
Recent scientific findings have cast a spotlight on the art of sleeping outdoors among the natural life of plants, insects and with the sound of both wild and farm animals in the background. 
Your own garden could also be an option and a  slightly more convenient place to sleep and making a soft and inviting bed by bringing your best bed linen outside is a dream.
These findings illuminate a world of real benefits, for both your body and your soul.

This is what one or many nights sleeping outside will give you:

  • Enhanced Sleep Quality: Scientific research has shown that sleeping outdoors, surrounded by nature's tranquility, can lead to improved sleep quality. Exposure to natural light during the day helps regulate your body's internal clock, promoting a more consistent sleep-wake cycle. This synchronization translates to deeper and more restful sleep, leaving you feeling more refreshed upon waking.
  • Stress Reduction and Mood Improvement: Studies have demonstrated that spending time in natural environments can significantly reduce stress hormones such as cortisol. When you sleep outdoors, your body's stress response diminishes, leading to a calmer mind and improved mood. Nature's serene ambiance and sensory delights—like the gentle breeze and rustling leaves—contribute to a state of relaxation that fosters better sleep.
  • Positive Impact on Physical Health: Breathing in the fresh, oxygen-rich air of the outdoors has a tangible impact on your physical health. The increased oxygen intake while sleeping outside can improve your respiratory function and overall cardiovascular health. This boost in oxygen levels supports better blood circulation, which in turn can contribute to improved sleep patterns and overall well-being.
I hope you will give it a try and spend a night or two under the stars, just remember the all-important insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites and ensure a comfortable experience.