During the winter you may notice that you are more tired. The lower amount of light causes problems with your circadian rhythm, making it harder to sleep. The lower amount of sunlight also means your body doesn’t produce as much vitamin D. Other things that will make you sleepier include the cold temperatures and the lower amount of fresh fruits and vegetables. Still, there are some quick fixes that can help you get better sleep during the terrible winter months
1. Flannel Sheets
Flannel sheets are nice and soft. They let you create a cozy warm nest that will help you sleep better on cold nights. You can find flannel sheets that will fit everything from a single to a king size sofa bed mattress or RV mattress.
In the summer, high humidity can be the bane of your existence. That’s not a problem in the winter. Colder air doesn’t hold on to moisture as well. That means that there is much less humidity. That can dry out your throat, nasal passages, and thus disturb your sleep. You can run a cool mist humidifier in your room for added humidity.
3. Let in the Light
Light helps your body set its circadian rhythm. If you turn on the light as soon as you wake up, it can trick your body into thinking that there is more sunlight than there actually is. That will help you feel more awake during day, and ready to go to sleep at night.
It’s easy to not get enough exercise in the winter. You feel lethargic and lazy. If you do some gentle exercise 2-3 hours before bed you will help relax and tire your body. Then you can really snuggle down into your pillow top, padded, or hide a bed mattress for a good night’s sleep.
5. Pay Attention to Dinner
Winter is the best time to have big, comforting dinners. You need to make sure that you leave 3 or 4 hours to digest before you go to bed.
6. Keep Your Socks On
You may think it’s silly to wear your socks to bed, but there is plenty of evidence that keeping your tootsies warm at night can help you sleep better. There are nice, soft sleep socks that you can wear each night, so keep them close to your bed.
7. Check the Temperature
Winter time means your furnace is on. But you don’t want to turn it up too high at night or leave it too low. If the heat is too high you won’t sleep well, if it’s too low you might get a chill when getting out of bed and catch a cold – which will definitely not help you sleep better. You can experiment until you find the perfect temperature for you.
You don’t have to go around tired and lethargic just because it’s winter. With the right preparation you can get a good night’s sleep all year-round!