As the nights draw in and you wrap up warm in winter, you’d think it would be easier to sleep at night. But for many people, getting some quality rest in winter is more difficult than in other seasons.
But why? And how can you go around reversing that trend and get better sleep in winter?
You’re in the right place to find out. We’re going to take a look at some of the reasons why it might be more difficult to sleep well in the winter months, and what you can do about it.
There are a whole host of reasons why you might sleep a little worse in winter. Can you relate to any of these?
This might sound backwards—you might think that being warm and cozy ensures a good night’s sleep—but being too warm can actually be detrimental to the quality of your rest.
Another one that sounds unlikely, but the science behind this is around melatonin. The brain produces melatonin in response to darkness, in the months of the year when there is more contrast between night and day, our bodies produce it in highs and lows, which helps to regulate the wake/sleep rhythm.
In the dark winter months, it can knock this rhythm a little, making it harder to fall asleep.
Those winter months make us want to cozy up, drink hot chocolate and watch movies. The problem there is that by the time bedtime arrives, we don’t feel sleepy!
If you’ve read through those reasons for poor sleep and have realized that you can relate to them, we are here to help! Here are some solutions to help you with improving winter sleep.
Life is hectic and constantly changing, but if there’s any way that you can try to regulate when you go to bed and when you wake up, you’ll find that your body learns the rhythm.
You’ll get better sleep and feel more rested when you wake.
A warm bedroom is appealing, but as we discussed, it could hinder your winter sleep. By all means get under a nice thick duvet, but a cool room will make sure your body temperature stays at a reasonable level.
If you’re struggling to get off to sleep at night, a sleep aid like Jet-Asleep could be the perfect solution.
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One of the best ways to make sure you’re tired enough to sleep better in winter is to expend plenty energy throughout the day. Regular exercise has countless health benefits on top of giving you a better chance of a good night’s sleep.
Also, and this may be an unpopular point, napping during the day does you no favors when you’re trying to get to sleep at night.
With these tips on how to get better sleep in winter, you could be on your way to some long, restful nights of sleep.
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