How Summer is Wreaking Havoc on Sleep
How’s your summer going? While there’s certainly many barbecues, lake days, and drink umbrellas to go around, have you taken notice of how your sleep life is going. Are you sleeping better now than the hibernation days of Winter? We’d take a guess and say not so much. Here’s a few ways your awesome summer is wreaking havoc on sleep.
Pollen is still abundant during the summer, so if you’re sensitive to it, it may be wreaking havoc on your allergies, along with grasses and weeds. If you suffer from allergies, you know that the symptoms can affect the quality of your sleep.
To counter-act that, keep your bedroom allergen-free by using an air purifier and shut the window to shut out the pollen; oh and of course, clean your sheets weekly.
Obviously, there’s extra hours of sunlight during the warmest season of the year. This isn’t without a drawback though, depending on the time you go to sleep (and where you reside), it could still be light out. Like we mentioned in our post about light’s effect on sleep, light promotes wakefulness. The remedy for this is just to make your room as dark as possible with the use of blackout curtains.
Let’s face it. Depending on where you live, it can be downright scorching hot, not to mention humid. Thank goodness for central air conditioning. Now, if it’s unbearable to sleep without it, try putting it right at your comfort level, for most people in the low 70’s fahrenheit. If that still doesn’t do the trick, try taking a cool shower to bring down your body temperature. Oh, and use a dehumidifier if that icky, sticky feeling is too much for you.
Last but not least, vacations are most popular during the summer months. For a lot of people, vacations mean staying up late for a week, and enjoying the feeling of not having to go to work in the morning. This can wreak havoc on your normal sleep schedule, especially if you’re vacationing far away or in a different zone. For kids, their “vacation” lasts about three months. Just make sure you adjust accordingly before you return to your routine, or you’ll have a rude awakening, and need a vacation from your vacation.
Do you feel different when it comes to how you sleep during the summer versus other times of the year? Reach out to us and let us know.