Ever wondered why getting out of bed in winter can be so hard? On top of the colder days and the darker nights, it can be difficult to adjust to a changing season.
Your circadian rhythm, which regulates your body clock, is maintained by exposure to light. And in the winter, especially here in the UK where the daylight hours are shorter, light can be scarce. While seven to nine hours of sleep is still a healthy benchmark all year-round, you may find that you need an hour or two more than you did in the sunny days of summer to feel bright-eyed and bushy tailed.
Below are the top tips you can follow to ensure you’re sleeping soundly this winter:
- Avoid bright light exposure at night
Yes, this includes mobile phones and tablet screens! The blue light from your devices can have a negative effect on your body clock and even your sleep.
- Get up at the same time in the morning, every day
Simple does it – waking up at the same time every day will stabilise your circadian rhythm. As a result, you should naturally become tired at the same time every night. Bingo!
- Expose yourself to light in the morning
It’s important to seek out exposure to morning light where you can, simply because light is a strong cue to alert your internal clock that it’s time to wake.
Keep energy levels high, and ensure you’re tired enough to get to sleep ‘earlier’ on a Sunday night. Try to exercise outdoors where possible to take in as much natural light and fresh air as you can.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Alcohol and caffeine have been proven to give you a less restful sleep. Therefore, cutting back a little can mean a lot for your body clock
- Try a Sleepeezee mattress We work hard every day to ensure you get a fantastic night’s sleep. Next time you invest in a new mattress, be sure to try out one of our many mattress types. We have a wide range of beds that are just perfect for the winter season.
When it comes to sleep, it’s important that you strike the right balance. Do you feel inspired to try out a new mattress? Browse our website to read more about us, our beds and why you should invest in a Sleepeezee mattress, or find your nearest retailer and try one out for yourself today.