Spring brings numerous challenges that can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Whether it is warmer temperatures, earlier sunrise times, chirping birds, or allergy flare-ups, it seems something’s always popping up that can make sleeping well in the spring feel like an impossible task. Add to that losing an hour of sleep as daylight savings time arrives and it’s no wonder that people are looking for ways to sleep better in the spring. Read on for tips to combat each of these issues, so you can feel more rested this spring.
When spring arrives, so do warmer temperatures. This means you could be in for some restless nights if you’re one of the many people who sleep better in cooler environments. If you find cooler temperatures help you get a better night’s rest, then try placing a fan in your bedroom or open some windows to let in the cool night air.
Earlier Sunrise Times
You may prematurely wake from your slumber if the sun rises before you need to get up. To keep the sun from waking you up earlier than you’d like, use a sleep mask or hang blackout curtains in your bedroom windows.
Birds turn up the volume each spring when they are trying to attract a mate. To combat this issue, try closing your windows while you sleep or wearing earplugs to bed. A third option that may be worth trying is masking the sounds using a white noise machine.
Many individuals suffer from allergy flare-ups caused by spring pollens. If you are also affected by spring pollens, you’ll likely notice a decrease in your overall quality of sleep. To lessen your symptoms, limit your overnight exposure to pollen by regularly washing your bedding—especially your pillowcases. Frequently dusting and vacuuming your bedroom will also help reduce pollen counts, as will installing an air purifier.
Daylight Savings Time
It can really mess up your internal clock when you suddenly need to wake up an hour earlier due to daylight savings time. To help your body naturally adjust to the time change, try shifting your sleep schedule backward by 15 minutes each day in the days leading up to the time change.
So many springtime issues can negatively affect sleep quality. Fortunately, for most of the issues, there is a relatively easy fix. If your sleep quality has been suffering due to any of the issues listed above, then hopefully following the corresponding advice will help get you back on track toward more restful slumbers.
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