After a long and bitter winter, we welcome SPRING with open arms! But could the warmer weather negatively affect your sleep? Here are eight tips for maximizing your zzz’s this spring:
1. Warmer Weather:
As it gets warmer outside, it may take longer to fall asleep and be more challenging to stay asleep. The optimal temperature for sleep is between 60 – 68 Fahrenheit, helping to facilitate the decrease in core body temperature that in turn initiates sleepiness.
Pay special attention to keeping your sleep space clean and free from allergens. Avoid things that trigger your allergies like dust mites, mold, pet dander and pollen. Hypoallergenic pillows and bedding can be extremely helpful. PILLO1 cervical pillow is one of the best cervical pillow options on the market – it’s soft, hypoallergenic, non-toxic and resistant to dust mites.
3. Longer Days:
As the days get longer, it can be tempting to stay up later at night. Depending on where you live and what time you go to bed, it could still be daylight at your bedtime. Light encourages wakefulness so be sure to make your bedroom as dark as possible using light-blocking curtains and eye-masks.
4. Spring Showers & Humidity:
In a rainy springtime months, be sure to monitor the humidity levels in your bedroom. Humidity should be around 50% in the bedroom all year around. You can decrease humidity using a dehumidifier or your air-conditioner’s dry mode (or increase humidity using a humidifier).
5. Breathe Clearly:
Pollen and other allergens negatively impact our breathing at night and wreck sleep. It’s essential to maintain good nasal hygiene during allergy season, for example by using a neti-pot or other nasal rinse.
Traveling to other time zones and staying up late on vacation disrupts your sleep schedule. If you are going to bed later, be sure to sleep in later in the morning. And gradually adjust your sleep schedule back before school/work starts up again. Don’t skimp on sleep.
As weather improves, people spend more time outside. If outdoor noise is an issue, bedroom curtains, earplugs and white noise machines may help ease you to sleep. Avoid masking noise with a television, which will disrupt sleep quality throughout the night.
8. Spring Cleaning:
Out with the old, in with the new! Spring cleaning is a great time to make sure your bedding isn’t emitting harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). You don’t want to sink into a tub of VOCs while you sleep. Love the “new smell” of your new mattress? Let the mattress do its initial off-gassing in a well-ventilated room for a few days. Old mattresses also emit bad VOCs. Be sure your pillow is non-toxic, as many memory foam pillows contain toxic gasses as well.
About PILLO1 Cervical Pillow:
Made in America, PILLO1 cervical pillow is a premium, hand-crafted pillow to prevent wrinkles, reduce stiff neck pain and restore spinal alignment. Created for back and side sleepers, PILLO1 is the perfect eco-friendly cervical pillow on the market, made of hypoallergenic, non-toxic latex foam that is resistant to dust mites.