April showers bring May flowers, but may also eff with your sleep. We know by now that the dark days of winter alter our sleep patterns, but with spring in full bloom, our precious ZZZs have a few new foes lurking just outside. Understand the hurdles that the changing seasons present, and you’ll find yourself waking fresh and ready each day.
Braving the storm.
Depending on what part of the world you lay your head, springtime usually means some pretty spectacular weather. But, it’s not all sunshine and daisies — a good rain helps make everything extra-green before summer heat really arrives. If those rains are erratic, you may have trouble getting to bed. The noise, the barometric difference, the leaky roof over the bathroom all add up to make yet another distraction that could keep you from a good night’s sleep. If you’re having trouble closing your eyes on a stormy night, consider some relaxation techniques that’ll put you down in no time.
You can also check out an array of sleep products like ear plugs or white noise machines to help — or do the old-fashioned pillow-over-your head technique if that doesn’t scare you.
If the clocks change on you twice a year, you’ll have to readjust your internal clock too.
Our biological timers keep us moving throughout the day, reminding us when to eat, when to soak up life outside, and letting us know when it’s time to hit the hay. So, when the days get longer, and it’s lighter later, you may find that bedtime feels a little off. Most of us are fine within a couple of days, but there are ways to speed up the adjustment. Remember, consistency is one of the best ways to get a good night’s sleep. By keeping the same routine as you wind down to bedtime, your body recognizes the patterns and willingly goes along with the plan. If you’re an early to bed, up with the sun kinda person, darken your room with window coverings and keep the lighting mellow. It’s also good to turn out most of the artificial lights 30 minutes before bedtime to help melatonin kick in.
Following your circadian rhythms, your body is reluctant to slip into sleep if it gets too much light stimulation, so keep it to a minimum.
Hot in here.
As the temperatures rise, you may find it tough to fall asleep as quickly as you did a month ago. Warm weather can leave some folks feeling uncomfortable, and that discomfort can leave you tossing and turning in bed. We’re fans of heat in the bedroom, but only if you’re the one making it. A good fan — ceiling or otherwise — can keep still, warm, and humid air moving around, relieving the discomfort and helping you to sleep. While the AC can certainly be your friend, the white noise of the air conditioner isn’t as soothing as the slow hum of a fan turning. Opening windows, switching out for lighter bedding, or stripping back on the fully-monogrammed pjs can also help. And we’ve said it before, but try to skip any bedtime meals or midnight snacks. Undigested food can crank up the body’s temperature as it works to get those nutrients (and extra calories, and fat, and yeah…).
At Sleep365, our mattresses feature materials that help keep the bed-side of the heat problem cooler. Fabrics that wick moisture, wool (yes, wool!) that helps to not only pad and keep you comfortable, but also transfer heat away from your body and circulate cool air within the mattress.
We just can’t win around here. No matter the season, there’s always an allergen just waiting to mess with your head. But, spring tends to be the biggest culprit, what with everything blooming and whatnot. Fear not, congested friends, we’ll get through this together. There are lots of effective over-the-counter allergy solutions and a number of homeopathic therapies worth checking out.
Some good advice to help battle allergy discomfort:
- In dry climes, look at plugging in a humidifier at night to help relax your sinuses.
- Wash your bedding more frequently in high-allergy periods. Stripping and laundering your sheets weekly is recommend year-round, but think about bumping that up during spring.
- Keep the pets clean, especially if they share the bed.
- If your allergies go beyond the season, look for a mattress and bedding made with hypoallergenic materials.
Let it rain.
Baseball, picnics, the return of Idol — spring deserves the awesome reputation it’s got, but it’s not always easy to adjust our sleeping lives to the new patterns and distractions of the changing seasons. Whether it’s the longer, warmer days or the pollen floating around, if you’re struggling to settle in, pay attention to the problem and make whatever changes you can to get a good night’s sleep. Most solutions are pretty simple, and before you know it we’ll be gearing up to tackle whatever summer has waiting for us right around the corner. Sleep tight!