How Summer Affects Your Sleep
- By Lauren Smalley
- Jul 18, 2018
Warmer weather, longer days, and a more relaxed schedule. Summertime brings with it a host of enjoyable experiences, but there can also be less than enjoyable experiences. You may not think that summer affects your sleep, but it does. With the warmer weather, longer days, and more relaxed schedule, your sleep patterns change. It’s not just the season that has you feeling lazy.
It's hot, hot, hot
Warmer weather can leave you tossing and turning because as the temperature goes up, sleep quality goes down. It can be hard to find the right temperature for your room between air conditioning inside and rising temperatures outside. Optimum sleeping temperatures are between 65-66 degrees Fahrenheit. Try using a fan and lighter blankets during the summer months. If you're still too hot to sleep, try taking a shower, which will bring down your body temperature when you get out. For more ways to sleep cool in the summer, read our blog here.
As long as I can see the light
Longer days leaves more daylight for outdoor activities, which makes us want to come inside later and later. This lackadaisical approach to a schedule and extra daylight makes it harder for our bodies to know to wind down at a normal time. Since light encourages our body to stay awake, heavier curtains will help block out the light in the bedroom if your bedtime is before sunset. Setting a bedtime alarm will help remind you to go to bed at a regular time each day.
Everybody needs a little time away
Summer vacations are great memory-makers, but not always great sleep-makers. Between changing time zones, sleeping in a new place, sleeping on a less-than-comfortable mattress, and an adjusted schedule, vacations can wreak havoc on our sleep quality. If possible, ease into a time zone adjustment, inquire about the type of mattress used if possible, and be cognizant of your normal routine, especially if you have children, and this should help ease the travel hangover.
Depending on the area of the country you are in, summer allergies can be the worst. Many think that spring and fall are the worst times for allergies, but with dryer weather, allergens have more opportunity to travel in the air during the summer. Allergy symptoms can make it difficult to sleep, so try to eliminate allergens in the bedroom as best as possible. Air purifiers can work wonders, and regular laundering of sheets and blankets will keep dust mites at bay. Washing your hair regularly will keep allergens from hanging around longer than needed as well.