Summer is the time for walks on the beach, relaxing by the pool, and enjoying outdoor picnics with family and friends. It’s when you transition from hot coffee to frappuccinos and start the extensive summer reading list you’re quite proud of. However, summer can also be the time for interrupted sleep.
Weather absolutely affects our sleep because our body is transitioning from one climate to another, both in terms of the outdoor environment and your everyday routine.
Here are five ways your sleep can be affected during the summer (and what you can do about it).
1. Warmer Temperatures
As much as we love the summer sunshine, warmer temperatures in your home can cause you to toss and turn at night.
It’s best to set your thermostat around 65 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid waking up sweaty and uncomfortable. Your body temperature naturally drops as you’re getting ready to sleep. If you set your thermostat too high, you’ll end up fighting this process. The same goes for setting it too low (it shouldn’t be lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit).
If you want to cut costs, you can always have your thermostat set a little higher but also have a fan going to help increase air circulation and keep you cool.
2. Longer Days
While it’s wonderful that we’re getting longer days in the summer, there’s also a downside to the beautiful sunlight.
We look outside and think it’s earlier in the day because the sun hasn’t set. This makes it a tad more difficult to fall asleep as we approach our ideal bedtime because our mind hasn’t had a chance to transition from one part of the day to the other.
The key to this is trying to stick to a regular bedtime routine that always reminds your body and mind that it is indeed time to settle down for the evening. Whether that’s yoga, meditation, or an evening face mask, choose something that will help you relax.