Sweet Summer Slumber
Summer is that time of year when our focus turns to leisurely activities and relaxation. Yet as temperatures rise, and it stays lighter later, we might have trouble getting that sweet sleep that we need to function optimally throughout the day. As the Spokesperson for the Better Sleep Council, I’ve got some tips to help you sleep soundly this summer.
– Sleep Sanctuary. Keep the bedroom a place for sleep and sex only. This is not a place for any kind of technology, cell phones included! You want to be sure to keep the room cool, dark, and quiet. In the summer, this means using natural, breathable fabrics, like cotton, for your sheets and pajamas. Sleepwear should be comfortable and loose. If your room doesn’t stay dark enough, use a sleep mask. And if your window is open to let in cool night air, and the outside noises are disrupting your sleep, use soft foam earplugs.
– Get plenty of exercise during the day, but make sure to give yourself enough time between exercise and sleep to let your body relax. About 3 hours between exercise and sleep is the minimum.
– Enjoy the summer parties with friends, but also be mindful of how
night-time activities impact your sleep. Alcohol late at night can affect your sleep cycle. So, avoid alcohol 3 hours prior to bedtime.
– Stay hydrated! We sweat more in the summer heat, so we need more water to compensate for that. Dehydration can cause headaches and body aches that can make getting to sleep difficult.
– Keep cool in bed by sticking your feet out! When your feet get hot then the whole body feels it and it’s harder to sleep. You can also cool your feet and neck with a damp cloth just before bedtime.
– Keep a sleep schedule. Even though you have time off work for vacation, try to get to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Keeping a consistent schedule helps your body to adjust and fall asleep more easily.
We’re on a campaign to Spread the Snooze! Show that you’re serious about Summer Slumber by taking the Sleep Pledge. And invite your friends to do the same.
“I pledge to make sleep my priority this summer.”
Let us know what you are doing to make sure you get the sleep you need this season – we’d love to hear from you!