Spring has sprung! The warmer weather is well on its way, and it’s time to open up the windows and let in the fresh air. If you’ve been hibernating all winter (we don’t blame you), it’s time to see what spring has in store, and how the season will affect your sleep!
Let There Be Light
Feeling more awake lately? The days are getting longer, and that means that the sunlight will be peeking into your bedroom earlier each morning and later into the evenings. However, the sunlight doesn’t just affect how bright your room is; it directly affects melatonin production in your body. Melatonin is an important sleep hormone and is part of the reason why you may feel more sluggish and tired during the winter months. Additionally, more sunlight means your body will be getting more vitamin D, which directly affects serotonin production and boosts your mood. When you’re feeling happier and less sluggish, you’ll feel like you need less sleep than you did during the gloomy winter months. If you’re finding that you can’t sleep at night, try turning the lights off earlier or wearing an eye mask to induce melatonin production.
Turning the clock forward for Daylight Saving Time can be hard to adjust to in the spring. That shift can really mess with your sleep schedule because your body becomes desynchronized with the daylight cycle. Make a sleep pact with yourself and ensure that you plan for 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Incorporate some cozy sleep inducers into your routine as well, like baths, reading, or relaxing music.
Sniffling, sneezing, and coughing certainly doesn’t contribute to a good night’s sleep. Even if you don’t have allergies, your partner may: 48% of people say their bedmate’s allergy symptoms disturb their sleep. If allergies are a problem for you or your partner, start taking allergy medications before your symptoms begin to get ahead of them. Keep your windows closed during pollen season so it can’t get in and make your symptoms worse. If you can’t find relief, consult with your physician for a treatment that works for you.
Don’t disregard the impact a little spring cleaning can do! Give your bed and bedroom a solid clean, from the shelves to the sheets, to remove any irritants that could be affecting your sleep. Check your mattress, too: if it’s bowed or lumpy, it’s time to get a new one! Get in touch with our team at Miller Bros. Furniture in Sioux City, Iowa, and we’ll help you choose the perfect mattress for your needs.