Sleeping through Summer

Seasons can affect the way we sleep. Here are some of the biggest sleep traps that can affect us over the summer.

Depending on where you live and what time you go to sleep at night, it could still be light out. Since any light encourages your body to be wakeful, the solution is simple: make your bedroom as dark as possible using blackout shades.

Even if it is dark by the time you’re going to sleep, all that extra daylight during the day can make it harder to transition to sleep at night. You might want to stay up a little later and sleep in a little later in the morning but you can’t have one without the other. Shortchanging your sleep all summer long may be a recipe for serious health problems.

The warm temperatures ahead make us all want to enjoy the great outdoors but the downside could be that your loud neighbors won’t turn their music off till 3 AM, keeping you awake.

The curtains you use to block out the light can also help to muffle sound. There are also earplugs as well as a white noise machine. Try not to cover up the sounds with the television, which disturbs sleep quality all through the night, even if you’re not aware of it.

Summer vacations are great but can be a weeklong escape from everyday life and sometimes can also affect our healthy sleep patterns. While experts suggest people stick within an hour of their regular sleep schedules on the weekend, a longer vacation can be different and you may need a little time to get back to a regular cycle.

If the problem is the jet lag that comes when it comes time to return to reality, try easing the transition by adjusting your sleep patterns toward the end of the trip to bring your sleep and wake times somewhere within two hours of your normal routine.

If you have problems sleeping consult a doctor so he can make sure you’re healthy and recommend things like sleeping pills, bedtime routines and even adjustable beds.

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