Now that the sun’s out and about, we can finally say that spring has sprung! It is the season when people talk about the brighter days, warmer breeze, and good night’s sleep…
As we say goodbye to the chilly, snowy season, many people experience changes in their sleep patterns. If you’re feeling extra drowsy lately, the seasonal changes may be to blame. In fact, according to Natalie Dautovich, Ph.D., an environmental professional from the National Sleep Foundation, the reason behind the drowsiness can be attributed to the fact that our bodies are still adjusting their sleep-wake cycles in accordance with the new season patterns.
And this is only one of the reasons why many people experience sleep deprivation. In this article, we dive into the other ways spring affects your sleeping patterns, tips on how you can overcome them, and ways on how the Navien Mate Water-Heated Mattress Pad can put you in deep slumber at night:
The effects of daylight savings time on the body
We may have gained an hour of sunlight, but we are losing an hour of sleep. Adjusting to the time shift is different for everyone. While some people only take less than a week to get used to it, others take more time.
Losing an hour of sleep can leave you unmotivated and irritable. In fact, studies show that fatal car accidents, exhaustion, depression, and heart attacks tend to skyrocket after the season’s time change.
The unpredictable weather adds to sleep problems
This time of the year, the weather is at its most unpredictable. Summer is mostly hot. Winter is mostly cold. But spring can be either, on successive days. When we try to sleep in environments that are too hot or too cold, we don’t reach the optimal sleeping temperature – and this throws off the wheel of our circadian rhythm, or internal body clock, leading to sleep deprivation.
When it gets too hot and you don’t have air conditioning in your room, make sure to open your windows at night to let the cool breeze inside. When it gets too cold, using the Navien Mate Water-Heated Mattress Pad can help you find the perfect bed temperature to speed up your sleep.
The sniffle season
Seasonal allergies are here to mess with your system 24/7/, which is why many people struggle to get quality sleep because of the symptoms. And if you don’t suffer allergies, your partner might! Your bedmate’s constant sniffling and sneezing may disturb your sleep. If you think about it, seasonal allergies can directly or indirectly affect your sleeping habits. If you are suffering from seasonal allergies, make sure to consult your physician for treatment.
More sunshine disrupts the sleeping patterns of night owls
The longer hours of sunshine make it easier for night owls to wake up early in the morning, thereby disrupting their sleeping patterns. Even a gradual increase in light entering a room is enough to wake someone up. If you usually sleep in the early morning, it’s best to practice sleeping earlier than your regular schedule.
For instance, if 1 a.m. is your usual bedtime, try going to bed at 12:30 a.m. instead of waking up earlier. Then on the next day, try sleeping at 12 a.m. This will help you reclaim control over your sleeping hours, making it easier for you to adjust to the time change.
Tips to help combat sleeping problems this spring season
Everybody’s struggling to adjust, but we’re here to help you out. Try out any of the following tips:
- Control your caffeine intake in the afternoon
- Practice relaxation techniques like meditation and deep breathing before going to bed
- Keep your room dark, quiet, and free from distractions. Avoid exposure to light-emitting devices such as mobile phones, laptops, and tablets
Stay comfortable at night
When the season changes, you need your bed to be as cozy and comfortable as possible. Having the right mattress pad will ensure that your bed stays comfy and warm, no matter the weather.
Fight the effects of daylight savings time on the body with the Navien Mate Water-Heated Mattress Pad. This mattress pad not only helps you achieve the perfect sleep temperature but can also adjust the temperature on each side of the bed. Unlike electric blankets, the pad itself emits zero EMF, thus you can sleep worry-free. Navien Mate technology uses the radiant heat of water, thereby using less energy. Get one today and try it out yourself!