A new season is upon us – and have you happened to notice a difference in how you’re feeling or sleeping? Good sleep habits are fundamental in achieving better sleep, but sometimes, we overlook outside factors such as the outside environment and how they can affect our sleep quality.
Seasonal Effects on Sleep
Changes in temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, and precipitation influence us in many ways, both positive and negative. A recent study published in 2021 showed that there are strong seasonal effects on wake time and sleep duration.
With shorter days and the end of daylight savings time, our circadian rhythm can be disrupted. Decreased light exposure can also lead to sleepiness and sluggish behavior throughout the day – and also some negative emotions that make sleeping difficult. Not to mention that fall allergens such as ragweed can also have an impact on how you sleep.
When it comes to light exposure, you should try to maximize the amount of light you are getting. Get outside when possible and start implementing an enjoyable morning routine that will get you excited to wake up. Research shows that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a higher risk of sleep disorders and contributes to fewer hours of sleep, as well as a more restless overall night’s sleep so be sure to get out there and catch some sun!
After getting past the hurdle of another time change and less exposure to sunlight, some people may see improved sleep in the fall due to temperatures dipping and becoming more pleasant – this helps create a better environment for quality sleep.
Some researchers estimate that anywhere between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit is the best bedroom temperature for sleep, so keeping your room on the cool side at night is a good idea. Follow the tips below for better sleep this fall season!
How Can You Combat Seasonal Changes And Get Better Sleep?
There is still a lot to be learned about sleep, biology, and what our bodies, nervous systems, and brains do while we rest. But you do not need to go into this fall season unprepared. Start by taking a look at the external factors that may be influencing your sleep.
If you are in a colder climate, for example, a humidifier set on “low” will add some moisture to the air which will keep your sinuses healthy and make you less susceptible to germs. There are a number of other controllable factors which could influence your sleep:
- Keep your bedroom dark and cool.
- Keep your bedroom “zen” and an area of complete relaxation. This means reducing blue light and distractions like smartphones, tablets, and televisions.
- Stick to a regular sleep schedule to maintain your body’s circadian rhythm.
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