In some areas of the country, it may not feel like fall yet, but the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. Also, Daylight Saving Time ends soon – which means winter is coming. (Just ask your Game of Thrones fan friends). While bears deal with this awful season by hibernating, we humans can’t be so lucky. For many of us, the winter weather and extended darkness can really mess with our sleep schedule, so here are a few tips to keep in mind as the chill sets in.
Keep Your Cool, but Don’t Get Cold
If you’re someone who likes to crank the heat all winter long, we’d love to come over and hang out for a few months if that’s okay? We’ll also remind you that you’ll sleep much better when your bedroom is around 65 degrees, so your dad may have had a point when he constantly yelled at you growing up for having the heat too high.
Don’t Stop Moving…
…but not to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. Exercise can help improve sleep and can keep weight gain at bay, which can help those who suffer from sleep apnea. If the weather is preventing you from going outside, check YouTube for any number of free videos of exercise you can do in the comfort and warmth of your own home. Bonus: Your increased body heat means you can turn down the thermostat for an hour or two.
Keep Your Nose Wet
It sounds kind of gross, but dry nasal passages from dry, heated indoor air can lead to all sorts of sleep problems. You’ll snore more and that could interrupt your sleep (or your partner’s sleep), which could leave you waking throughout the night and tired during the day. Use a humidifier and saline spray to keep the dull roar to a minimum.
Lighten Up! Your Dinners, That Is.
You know those heavy winter meals that you just love to savor? Well, put down that chili, mashed potatoes and stews, and stick to lighter dinners that are easier to digest. Heavier meals at night can lead to indigestion or stomach discomfort that can keep you awake.
Even though pumpkin spice lattes are still all the rage, winter is around the corner and you should be ready to sleep like the hibernating bear we all have inside of us. If you try all of these tips and you’re still not catching your ZZZs like Winnie the Pooh, it might be time to talk to us about a buying a new mattress or how you can refresh your bedding.