The nights are steamy and unless you’re getting up before 5 a.m. across most of the country, you’ll be waking up to the sun most mornings from late May through July. Who hasn’t woken up on a humid morning to the light beaming into their eyes and felt like they hadn’t slept a wink all night? For those of you who struggle to find sleep solutions in the summer months here are a couple tips to help you sleep better and awake more refreshed when darkness is limited and the nights aren’t quite cool enough.
Among their seven tips to sleeping better, the Mayo Clinic suggests creating a bedtime ritual, getting comfortable and limiting stress. During the summer with demanding daytime schedules and warmer nights, it can be tough to do all three. Start with creating a bedtime ritual. This can be as simple as, brushing your teeth, reading a chapter of whichever book you’re working on, stretching or doing a little yoga, thinking about what you’re thankful for that day, and closing your eyes to rest. Then, make sure that when you’re asleep, you stay asleep. Create a peaceful, dark environment, to limit environmental factors that could potentially wake you.
Here are some tips and sleep solutions that can help you discover a better night’s sleep this summer.
Step 1: Relax your brain and your eyes.
With today’s technology, you may be tempted to browse the internet on your phone or tablet, or watch late night TV. Researchers agree that the blue light from screens tricks your brain into thinking it’s daytime, making it tougher to fall asleep. Ditch the screen and pick up a book. Or try focusing on happy thoughts from the day, or even meditation.
Step 2: Relax your body.
From yoga to massage, relaxing your body will help you prepare for a full, deep sleep. Hand and foot massages can be an easy way to make body relaxation a part of your pre sleep routine. Take some time each night to relax the muscles in your hand and feet (they are some of the most sensitive areas on your body, you know) and feel the calm lull your body into a sleepy state. Check out these hand and foot massagers for a simple solution to full relaxation.
Step 3: Create a calming environment.
The stress of the day can continue into night. Maybe it’s car horns and sirens in the city keeping you awake, or simply the lack of noise that can let your mind wander to the stresses of the day. A Sleep Sound Therapy System can create the perfect audio environment to help you get to sleep faster during the summer’s short nights. Whether it’s subtle white noise, or the sounds of the ocean, rain or bonfire, a Sleep Sound Therapy System will help your mind drift off to a more peaceful place.
Step 4: Cool off.
Let’s face it, you don’t want to sound like a cry baby, but falling asleep on a hot and humid night is absolutely uncomfortable. Sure, there are far worse things you could encounter in life, but at least there’s an easy fix for this one. This Portable Evaporative Cooler can cool the environmental temperature of an indoor room 20 – 30 degrees Fahrenheit, all while consuming the same amount of electricity as a standard lightbulb. Not all homes allow for traditional air conditioning. When you need to stay cool at night, this Portable Evaporative Cooler can deliver significant air cooling, with minimal energy usage.
Step 5: Get comfortable in bed.
You’ve heard the saying “cooler than the other side of the pillow.” Well what happens when your head has warmed both sides? This Sleep Supporting Cooling Pillow keeps you cooler than traditional down and synthetic fill pillows, by allowing body heat to flow away from your head. With a cool head, you’ll fall asleep faster on hot summer nights and sleep better through the night. Now that’s cool!
Step 6: Make it dark.
Finally, the shorter nights of summer mean a brighter room in the early morning hours for most of us. Sleep in later on the weekends, or just ensure you stay in deep sleep until your alarm goes off on work mornings with a Sleep Therapy Mask. Not only does this Sleep Therapy Mask block light, but it also creates a “relaxing photo luminous blue glow that eases your anxious mind.”
Don’t suffer through another restless summer night. Start your sleep ritual, make sure you’re comfortable and limit or reduce stress before you fall asleep. Whether you choose some of these products to help you fall asleep faster, or try basic methods like yoga or meditation, the Ultimate Summer Night’s Sleep is only a few easy steps away.