How to get the rest you need

With increased daylight hours messing with your circadian rhythm, higher temps keeping you awake, and socializing affecting the quality of your sleep, it may feel like you’re fighting a losing battle. 

Don’t despair! There are ways you can get the rest you need during the longer summer days. 

You can start with the following tips.

Keep a consistent schedule

It’s important to go to bed on time and get up on time but it is also important to be realistic.

Decrease your exposure to light during the day

Decreasing your exposure to light, especially in the evening hours, can help your body prepare for sleep.

During the day, keep the curtains shut, in the evening, open the windows so as to create a breeze to cool the room.

Keep your nighttime temperature low

Keeping your space ventilated may improve sleep quality, Prop open a window or door, or use a fan.

Learn how to relax

If you learn how to relax on repeat, you can easily calm your system at night and fall asleep no matter what the season is doing. Find quiet ‘me times,’ even if it’s a few minutes here and there, to collect your thoughts.

It’s so important that we take the time to be able to regroup, calibrate, and de-stress during the day so we aren’t overloaded by the time our head hits the pillow.

Darken your room before bed

As the sun sets, our body clock signals that it’s time to sleep with melatonin release. As this chemical is secreted in response only at night-time and when there are no artificial lights or waves interference on its production; as soon as evening comes around – boom! You’re good for another hour of shut eye (or however long until your usual bedtime).

Use lightweight fabrics

If it’s higher temperatures that are bothering you, wear lightweight pajamas and using think bed sheets that wick away moisture.