Sleep outside

Depending on where you live in the country, mosquitoes may be a factor when trying to sleep in the open air. If that is the case then put a tent up in the back yard, bring a flashlight, a sleeping bag and a journal. Sleeping outside in nature allows you to listen to the world around you and enjoy the fresh air.

If you are thinking putting up a tent sounds like too much work then sleep directly outside. Consider sleeping in a hammock, on a porch swing or directly on the ground in a sleeping bag. Get the kids involved and let them build a temporary outdoor fort with sheets and blankets.

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Once you and the kids decide how you’ll sleep outdoors bust out journals and pencils and start observing. Write down what you hear, smell, see. Can you identify any constellations in the stars? What phase is the moon cycle in? Create drawing and lists to revisit in the future the next time you sleep outdoors.

NOTE: Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder found that sleeping outside helps to reset circadian rhythms ( our internal clocks that regulates our bodies)


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