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Winter – we all know we can get a bit down and gloomy as the nights draw in and the weather gets colder.
But what if you find the weather affecting your sleep? Many people find themselves feeling far more sluggish in the winter months, but fear not – you’re not alone if this is you.
What can affect my sleep during winter?
One of the prime reasons as to why tiredness is so rife in the cold is because of the shorter days. The amount of daylight we’re exposed to is much more limited than the rest of the year, which can impact the body’s natural cycles.
Light affects the pituitary gland which secretes melatonin, the chemical that regulates the body’s sleep cycle.
Lack of light can prompt the body to produce more of this chemical, making us feel tired and sluggish sooner and more easily. Sometimes, this can even transform into seasonal affective disorder (SAD) categorized by depressive episodes that take place during seasonal change.
The excess consumption of alcohol and caffeine that can creep in around the Christmas period can also be a contributor in your digestion and therefore quality of sleep.
Both of these products are natural stimulants, and coupled with digestion keeping you awake it is no wonder people are often up until the early hours.
Stress over holiday arrangements or your bank balance after Christmas shopping can play a part in how well you sleep through winter too.
Because of this, it is so crucial to allow your body the right amount of rest and minimise the things that are affecting your sleep as much as you can.
How can I combat this?
There are a few things you can do to try and set your body clock back to normal and get a good nights rest.
A good night’s sleep is vital for us to function at a normal level. Although winter can be harsh, you now know some of the ways to help yourself doze off in the chilly season and can reset your body clock.