With temperatures plummeting fast, it is safe to say that winter is upon us here in Australia. Even though we don’t gorge, burrow and hibernate through the winter months, the environment has an impact on our bodies and how we sleep. Here are a few important things to keep in mind so you can continue to sleep comfortably throughout the winter months:
Avoid overheating the bedroom
Aside from accumulating some unwanted charges on your electricity or gas bill, cranking up the heat is not going to necessarily help you sleep better at night. As we fall asleep, our bodies adjust to the temperature of the room. In order to fall asleep our body temperatures need to slightly decrease. Optimal temperature when you sleep is between 18°C to 22°C.
Continue to exercise
While you might find it slightly more difficult to motivate yourself to stay active when the sun is setting much earlier, exercise can increase the quality of your sleep. Even if it is just a brisk walk outside during your lunch break, continuing to exercise in the winter months will help you from feeling groggy and tired in the morning.
There will always be the temptation to gobble down meat and potatoes or a hearty stew to warm you up in the cold winter months, but pay attention to when you are eating these meals. Avoid eating substantial meals close to bedtime because they can decrease the quality of your sleep as your body works to digest the food.
Steer Clear of Weekend Hibernation
The cold weather makes it much more tempting to spend all morning curled up under a pile of warm blankets, however this is not doing your body any favours when it comes to regulating your weekly sleep schedule. In fact, the more regulated your sleep schedule is on the weekends, the easier it will be for you to sleep well during the work week.