July 12, 2023
While the temperature rises, our sleep can suffer. We often wake up feeling groggy and unable to get back to sleep, which makes mornings miserable too. But there are some simple things you can do to mitigate some of the effects of summer on your sleep.
Make sure you're using the right pillow.
Pillows that are too soft will cause your neck to sag, which can cause pain. A supportive pillow should support the head and neck without putting pressure on them.
It's also important that you find a comfortable pillow that you like sleeping on--if you don't like it, chances are good that you won't be able to get any sleep at all! The best way to find out if something is comfortable or not is by trying it out for yourself!
If possible, look for an easy-to-clean option so that when summer comes around again next year (or even sooner), your favorite new accessory won't be covered in dust bunnies from lack of use over winter months when no one likes cleaning their house very much anyway...
Make your bedroom as dark as possible.
To make your bedroom as dark as possible, use heavy curtains and an eye mask. If you don't have a blackout shade, put up some towels or other soft material over the window to block out any light.
Turn off all electronics in the room (TVs, computers, smartphones) and make sure that your room is cool enough for sleeping--you'll be more comfortable if it's not too hot or cold. Close the blinds so no sunlight comes through at night when we need our sleep most!
When choosing an alarm clock for summertime use: avoid using bright lights like phones or tablets; instead opt for something easier on the eyes like a radio clock with dimmer settings so it doesn't wake up anyone else in your house who might be trying their hardest not to disturb anyone else's slumber!
Don't drink caffeine after noon.
You know that caffeine can keep you up at night, but did you know that it can make it harder to fall asleep in the first place?
If you're like me, my favorite part of the day is when I get home from work and have a cup of coffee. Unfortunately, this means my body gets used to having caffeine as its sleep aid instead of restful sleep! (And then I'm even more tired because I haven't slept well.) So, try avoiding all caffeinated drinks after noon--it'll help ensure better quality shut-eye throughout the night.
Exercise in the morning, not the evening.
Exercise has been shown to help people fall asleep faster and get more restful sleep overall. However, if you're trying to go to bed at a reasonable time and still have time for an evening workout, it's best not to do so right before going to bed. Exercise releases adrenaline into your system that can keep you awake for hours after exercising--especially if you're doing something strenuous like weightlifting or running long distances on an empty stomach (which should never be done). If this happens often enough over several days of training, it could cause insomnia or other sleep disorders such as restless leg syndrome (RLS).
You can mitigate some of the effects of summer on your sleep.
Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it can also be a challenge for your sleep. You might find yourself tossing and turning at night as temperatures rise above comfortable levels or waking up earlier than usual because of the heat.
If you're trying to get better sleep during the summer months, here are some tips:
We hope these tips have helped you to get a better night's sleep during the summer months. While it may not be possible to completely avoid all the effects of light and heat on our bodies, we can do our best to mitigate their effects by making sure we're getting enough exercise in the morning and avoiding caffeine after noon. If all else fails, try out some of these techniques for falling asleep quickly so that even if your body won't let you rest well at night--at least your mind will!
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