How Changing Seasons and Changing Weather Can Affect Your Sleep
What’s your favorite time of year? Is there a season where you actually notice that you sleep better or one that seems like it leaves you weary? What about the weather? Seasons and weather can make a difference in how you sleep. Here are 4 ways seasons, storms and sleep work together.
Summer: Longer days may mean more Vitamin D from the sun and that’s a good thing. Vitamin D is helps your body make serotonin and serotonin helps regulate your wake and sleep cycle. All that summer light may help you embrace the dark and get a good night’s sleep. To the contrary, summer gets both hot and humid. Physically, that’s just not comfortable. The optimum sleeping temperature is between 60 and 70 degrees and that may be hard to achieve without running the A/C constantly. Try these tips to overcome those hot nights. Use a fan – it will both cool and provide white noise that may help you sleep. Keep bedding and sleepwear light and natural so air can circulate.
Fall and Winter: Cool air helps you sleep. You can take a warm bath and enhance that cool-down-to-sleep routine when you get into that nice, cool bed. The cooler air supports a good, deep night’s rest. In a warmer climate, you can open windows to cool your bedroom to an ideal sleep temperature. Working against you are the shorter days of fall and winter. You just don’t get as much Vitamin D to help regulate your circadian rhythm. You may go to work in the dark or come home as the sun sets. Counteract less sunshine by working near a window if possible. Get out at lunch and take a walk outdoors. Try to increase the amount of sunshine you enjoy to up the Vitamin D production.
Seasonal Affective Disorder: If you live in an area that has very short days, SAD can be a disorder that needs medical treatment. It is marked by depression that become clinical and reflects the different season, fall or winter. SAD reduces the slow-wave sleep that is restful and restorative. If you think you might suffer from SAD, see a doctor. It is most common in women in the northern latitudes. SAD can be treated with white light therapy and medicines.
Storms: Ahhh, is anything more restful than gentle rain on the roof. But, on the other hand, is anything more sleep disturbing than a noisy storm? A storm with high winds, thunder and lightning may not only wake you up with that loud noise and lightning’s bright, white light; it may create anxiety that makes it hard to relax and get to sleep. Additionally, one study showed that sleep apnea symptoms increased with lower atmospheric pressure which is associated with stormy weather. Enjoy the gentle rains and sleep deeply, but you’ll be challenged by big storms.
Winter or summer, spring or fall make sure you have a mattress that supports you and your sleep. Latex mattresses – praised by sleep experts – have become very affordable when you do your shopping online. They’re delivered to your door and most come with a trial period of 100 days or more – some as long as 120 days. You sleep on it and if you’re not sure it’s the right bed for you, you return it for a full refund. Plus, there are even latex mattresses that come in soft, medium or firm. You get the comfort you want and the support you need! It’s year ‘round comfort spring, summer, winter and fall.