The summer often brings a change in the weather and a change in our routines. For those with a sleep disorder, this can mean a disruption to healthy sleep patterns. Here are a few tips to maintain restful nights throughout the summer months.
Don’t Over Indulge
Summer is a time of celebration. Summer picnics and parties often include alcoholic beverages. Too much drinking can cause fragmented sleep that will not leave you rested in the morning. Drink modest amounts early in the evening leaving plenty of time for water before bed.
Eating Before Bed
The days stay lighter much later in the summer. This can lead to later dinner times. Enjoy the long days but do not eat heavy meals too close to bedtime. To avoid digestive upset, dinner and late night summer sweets such as ice cream, should be consumed several hours before going to sleep.
The summer heat can be draining. It is important to stay hydrated both during the day and in preparation to sleep. Take several cool sips of water 30 minutes before sleep to stay hydrated through the night and to help with digestion.
Keep It Cool
It is difficult to sleep if you feel hot and sticky, especially if you are sunburned. A cool shower on a summer night can help you to feel refreshed and relaxed. Going to bed with wet hair can also help you stay cool on a hot night.