Me, my husband, and our 3 furry friends finally took off for our first real outing in the RV we’ve nicknamed HaRVey. We spent 5 days in the Cascade Lakes just west of Bend. We hiked, saw some beautiful lakes, and figured out how to live life in 150 sq. ft. home on wheels.
What was most interesting was our lack of cell service and internet connection in several places. That in and of itself wasn’t unexpected. Heck, most people actually go camping to get away from it all and unplug for a while, right? But the results of not having technology access 24/7 took me by surprise.
What I found was that when the day was done, hiking and exploring completed, dinner eaten, dishes washed and put away, it was dark out. I was amazed that as soon as the sun went down, and there was no option of technology, both my mind and body would almost instantaneously wind down. Sure, we could play games or read, but not for long. We were tired. Mind you, our activity level was not drastically increased so we knew that wasn’t the cause. So we’d go to sleep. Like at 8:30 at night!! That wasn’t even the craziest part of it all. What seemed even more surprising was we’d sleep until the sun came up around 7. All… night… long.
I don’t know about you but I don’t know too many people who go to bed when it gets dark and don’t get up until it gets light. But it made me wonder about the days before alarm clocks and electricity. How natural it was for people to live by the rhythm of the sun. How much healthier that might actually be.
Think about how often you are tired and want to go to sleep at night but are using some device, probably technology oriented, and don’t. Then get up before the sun in the dark to an alarm clock and how hard it is to wake up.
Don’t get me wrong, tv, the internet, and technology in general has brought tremendous benefit to our lives, but at a health price if that fills our entire day.
As I type this we’re driving on a windy curvy mountainous road with gorgeous redwood trees all around. I see the irony of being on my computer knowing I’m missing their brilliant green color. But I also know I’ll only be on my computer for a short time and it will be put away.
Not being able to have that access to technology really allowed my body and mind to relax into what felt like a more normal and natural pace.
Rising with the sun and sleeping with it too.
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