Winter can be a struggle as you trudge through freezing temperatures to carry out your daily activities but sleep shouldn’t be. As daylight dwindles and colder weather continues, we have some tips to help you sleep better during winter.
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Cold, dry winter air can remove all the moisture from your nose, causing you to open your mouth when you sleep and start snoring. Using a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home will help prevent snoring and help you sleep better during winter.
Winter is prime time for cold and flu season. Congestion and coughing often keep you up at night. As soon as you feel a cold coming on, take a pre-cold medicine to stop the illness in its tracks. Preventing a stuffy nose and sore throat will help you sleep more soundly and peacefully.
The winter months may make you want to say in bed longer on the weekend, but that could actually be harming your weekday routine making it more difficult to get up at an earlier time. Try not to change your bedtime and wake time by more than an hour.
During the summer, you spend countless hours outside but in the winter you stay inside and out of natural light. Spending just a short amount of time outside during the colder months will help your body adjust its melatonin levels and you won’t feel overtired. Melatonin helps regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycles and consistent levels will help you sleep better, during winter or in the summer.
As your sunlight intake decreases, you will feel more tired and could end up oversleeping. Taking vitamin D, or consuming natural sources of it, will help you stay well-rested and prevent sleeping through your alarm.
Exercising for just 30 minutes a day will help fight fatigue and improve your sleep. However, you should avoid working out right before bed, since it will take a long time for your body to calm down. Mid to late afternoon is the ideal time to exercise.
The cold temperatures of the winter months can make you want to eat heavy, starchy foods that will burn up all your energy in digestion and leave you feeling sluggish, exhausted and unable to get the restorative sleep your body needs. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will keep your energy level up and help you get as much rest as possible.
Your first instinct when it gets cold outside may be to turn up the heat. This can cause night sweats and general discomfort when sleeping. Instead, turn on a fan to circulate the air around your room and keep you cool.
Drinking hot herbal tea, like chamomile, will help calm your nerves and relax your body before sleeping. You could also try a glass of hot water with lemon and honey but avoid tea with caffeine and similar drinks like hot chocolate.
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Don’t let winter get the best of you! Remember these 10 tips and you’ll sleep better during winter in no time! Most importantly, try SHEEX® Performance Fleece Sheets and Pillowcases and stay warm and cozy this season.