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How not to oversleep during Winters

  • 05 December 2016
  • By Shveta Bhagat
How not to oversleep during Winters

It is just not some animal species that retreat into hibernation during winters, humans too feel the need to stay in bed and sleep extra. Colder nights make it a real task to get out of bed in the morning, much less actually exercise. Also it can get a bit depressing when day light closes in much earlier than usual, and instead of catching up with friends or dos you’d rather just head home and snug up.

The changing weather actually disrupts some of your body’s natural processes, which is why you may want to assume the fetal position more often during winters.

Here is how to cope with the winter sleepiness:

1) Spend as much time outdoors in sunlight as you can during the day, whether it’s taking an extra walk at lunch or keeping the curtains open or working sitting next to a window. Melatonin production is related to light and dark, so less sunlight means more melatonin, and therefore the sleepy feeling.

2) Ensure you take Vitamin D and iron if need be. Chances of Vitamin D reducing in the body are high with less exposure to sun, which in turn can leave you feeling little tired. You can ensure the vitamin intake through diet as well. You can opt for food sources such as oily fish, eggs, fortified cereals. Good sources of iron include dark green leafy vegetables, lean red meat, nuts, beans, lentils and wholegrains.

3) Keep moving and ensure you continue to exercise regularly as the endorphins released during exercise will help make you feel less gloomy and sleep just right.

4) Don’t overeat despite the urge. While in winter we end up eating more, the heavy meals or weight gain only interfere in sleep and leave us feeling sleepy through the day. To get deep sleep during night, continue to eat in a balanced way, if at all take small portions of snacks every few hours and remember not to eat too much right before bed time.


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