With days getting shorter and temperatures dropping lower, getting quality sleep might be a challenge for many people these days. Because of the shorter days, you might be feeling sleepy throughout the day and/or having trouble falling asleep at night. And with lower temperatures, it’s tricky to find that perfect spot on the thermostat that makes you feel comfortable but not too warm or too cold at night.
Here are a few tips to help you get quality sleep this winter.
Yes, you read that right. You might be tempted to set the thermostat on 20C+ to get all warm and toasty, but you might be better off leaving it alone. Humans actually sleep better when our bodies are a little bit cooler at night than during the day. Research shows that 18C is ideal for sleep, and if you’re using blankets you can go as low as 16C.
Dress your bedroom for winter
Speaking of blankets, you might want to invest in a good one for the winter. A good doona will help you get warm and cozy while leaving the air in your bedroom fresh and cool. Couple yours with our smooth and soft Eucalyptus fiber sheets and you’ll sleep like a baby.
Use other textiles to help dress your bedroom for the winter. Hanging full length curtains that fit tightly against the window frame will help trap cold air and preserve the heat in the room. And a good dense rug under your bed will help insulate the room even further. Rely a little less on heaters, and you will help the environment, your wallet and your health. Three causes in one!
Use a humidifier
If you do use your heater – and we imagine you probably do at least sometimes – getting a good humidifier might not be a bad idea. Heating dries up the air, making it more difficult for some people to get a good night’s sleep. If you’re one of these people, a humidifier will help get that much needed moisture back into your indoor air. Just make sure not to put it on a rainforest setting – too much humidity will encourage mold and other unpleasantries to grow in your home. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water during the day.
If the weather is good – get moving outdoors. If not – hit the gym on a regular basis. People who exercise regularly sleep better at night, and according to a recent Australian study, even exercising too close to bedtime (something we were told not to do until recently) is still better for your sleep than not exercising at all.
Avoid heavy dinners
Yes it’s dark and gloomy out there and all you want is to curl up with a bowl of bolognese and binge watch Netflix. But be careful not to do it too close to your bedtime – you don’t want your body to be busy digesting the heavy meal while it’s supposed to be resting.
Take a bath
Taking a warm one hour before bedtime will help you relax and signal your body that it’s time to sleep. Do you want to know how? In the bath, your body temperature rises, and when you get out, your body cools down and it’s exactly this drop in body temperature that helps you relax and get all sleepy.