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Did you know, Sleep patterns change with every season?

  • 19 June 2017
  • By Shveta Bhagat
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Did you know, Sleep patterns change with every season?

As seasons change you will also feel like your sleep pattern is changing. Your sleep cycle changes with the season. Light, temperature, allergies and time change, affect the human sleep cycle.

Melatonin, the hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle is triggered in darkness. You could feel sluggish in cloudy days as too much melatonin makes one tired. On the other hand, longer days in the summer may make you want to stay up later at night, resulting in fewer hours of sleep per night.

Also as temperatures rise, warm air dries out mucus membranes in the body, making it more susceptible to illness. Getting allergies or flu can affect the sleep pattern adversely, that happens especially when seasons are in the process of changing.

Ways to get good sleep in all seasons

  1. Manage your exposure to light: Keep your bedroom dark with blackout blinds or curtains. Even on long summer nights, you’ll be able to sleep better without sunlight peeking in through your windows. In the winter months, if you struggle with sluggishness during the day, make a point to get outside when you can and try and get as much light into your house.
  2. Maintain good nasal hygiene during allergy season: Keeping your allergies under control is the key to good sleep during allergy season. Take necessary vitamins to build your system against it. Try nasal sprays and antihistamines. Take a shower before bed to wash any allergens off your body and out of your hair. Keep your windows shut at night to limit allergens in your home and wash your sheets and pillows frequently. Also consider getting an air purifier. 
  3. Maintain routine: As much as possible, maintain a regular sleep schedule, no matter the season. Lack of a regular bedtime explains any sleepiness or sluggishness you feel from day to day. If you do keep a regular sleep schedule but still feel tired during the day, or struggle to stay asleep at night, you may suffer from a sleep disorder or have some deficiency. If you think you may have a sleep disorder, contact your physician for a sleep test. Keep at the new routine until becomes second nature and you just slip away to sleep.

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