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Get Your Best Sleep This Summer

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 11:00:03 AM by healtheo360

It's no secret everyone loves sleep but it is sometimes hard to get enough during the summer time. Get your best sleep this summer by following these 8 tips!

Get Your Best Sleep This Summer

Get Your Best Sleep This Summer Tip #1: Sleep in a cold room

A room that is too hot can keep you awake at night. During the summer adjust the thermostat, put thinner blankets on your bed or get a fan. Another tip is to keep the blinds closed during the day so your room doesn't heat up with the sun.

 

Get Your Best Sleep This Summer Tip #2: Sleep in a quiet room

Too much noise can keep a person up at night. The TV, roommates chatting and outside traffic are all common sources of noise. White noise is helpful when sleeping. The same fan that is keeping you cool at night can also serve as white noise!

 

Get Your Best Sleep This Summer Tip #3: Sleep in a dark room

This can be tricky in the summer because the sun rises earlier and sets later during the summer months. This problem can be solved with a sleeping mask or black out curtains. If all else falls, hang a blanket over your window to keep the light out.

 

Get Your Best Sleep This Summer Tip #4: Get rid of your cell phone

Most of us keep our cell phones on us 24/7 but at night is the time to put it away. The backlit screen of your cell phone affects your ability to reach deep sleep cycles and can affect how long you stay there.

 

Get Your Best Sleep This Summer Tip #5: Stick to a schedule

This might be the hardest in the summer. Its best for your body if you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Even on the weekends. If you can discipline yourself enough to set a schedule, it will be worth it.

 

Get Your Best Sleep This Summer Tip #6: Take a nap

If you get to bed late, rather than sleeping in take an afternoon nap. Make it about 30 minutes so it doesn't throw off your schedule for the evening.

 

Get Your Best Sleep This Summer Tip #7: Spend time in the sun

This is easy since everyone wants to soak up the sun in the summer time! Melatonin is a natural hormone that is controlled by light exposure. It helps regulate your sleep cycle. When you are outside, remove your sunglasses to let the light onto your face. If in an office all day, spend your breaks outside and allow as much light in through the windows as possible during the day. The sunlight increases your body's production of vitamin D, which is important to your overall health and wakefulness.

 

Get Your Best Sleep This Summer Tip #8: Relax your mind at night

A good way to relax at the end of a long day is to read a book for about 15 minutes. Watching TV as a way to relax actually doesn't work as people suspect. The TV and light stimulates your mind making it harder to fall asleep. Read an actual book, not an eReader with a backlight, or listen to soft music to relax your mind.

Try all of these tips and find one that works best for you to get a good night's sleep. Then you can wake up feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy the summer day.

 

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