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How Weather Influences Sleep: Sleeping With Seasons

Sleeping patterns always vary during different seasons of the year. Many people notice this, but they cannot explain how it happens. The outside environment affects the patterns of sleeping with aspects such as atmospheric pressure, humidity, precipitation, and temperature playing significant roles. The difference can be positive or negative depending on the environmental factor or season. Therefore, having knowledge about the weather and how it affects sleep is significant as it helps in mitigating the effects and thus a person can have a constant sleeping pattern throughout the year.

During fall and winter

Days get shorter during fall and winter, and thus there is less sunlight. People obtain most of the Vitamin D from the sun which helps in serotonin production, strengthening of the bone, and it is vital for muscle development. Therefore, when there is less sunlight, serotonin is produced at lower levels leading to overeating, fatigue, and depression. This leads to daytime sleeping and changes in sleep cycles which causes fatigue when a person wakes up.  Moreover, during winter, most people are always diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder whose clinical symptoms are depressions associated with sleeping problems between fall/winter or spring/summer. Therefore, with this knowledge, one can avoid having an inconsistent sleeping pattern by going outside the working place to expose the skin to direct sunlight, work near windows, and taking more Vitamin D supplements and foods.

Lower Temperature Improves Sleep

Temperature plays a substantial role in sleeping. The body temperature is usually lower when an individual gets sleepy and then slightly increases a few hours before waking up. Also, the body temperature slightly lowers in the afternoon, and that is why it is common to get sleepy after lunchtime. Having a cool temperature in the house will improve sleep. You should maintain the house at lower temperatures to ensure optimal relaxation.

Hot Humid Air

Hot humid air makes it hard to sleep, and this is evident during summer when there is always hot humid air in the house. During the summer, people tend to sweat more thus feeling uncomfortable. Being uncomfortable and sticky due to sweating is a factor that affects sleep because it prevents the body from releasing the hormones that initiate resting. Therefore, during summer, it is not advisable to eat before bed as digestion slightly increases body temperature which can lead to sweating. And eating lightweight meals a few hours before going to sleep is vital. Moreover, during summery weather, a person can use ceiling fans, open the windows at night, crank up the air conditioning, and use various mechanisms to reduce and maintain the level of humidity in the air.

During Storms

It is not hard to sleep during light rainfall as it does not produce an intense, noisy effect. However, it is hard to sleep when there are thunderstorms and lightning. Storms hit the roof hard making noise which disrupts sleep. When lightning flashes, it is always bothersome to some people as they cannot sleep with a flash of light on their face every few minutes. Obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that arises from disrupted sleeping patterns and it is mostly reported during stormy weather. Therefore, to prevent such conditions, it is important to have eye masks and white noise machines which will improve sleep during stormy weather.

Allergies Associated with Weather Change

Another cause of changes in sleeping patterns is allergies with most of them being associated with weather. Therefore, there are different seasons when people do not sleep well due to allergies that have risen during the season. During winter, the cases of cold and flu are usually high due to high exposure to dust mites which make sleeping hard. Tree and grass pollen are always at higher levels in the air during spring and summer, and some people are allergic to pollen which leads to complications such as asthma.

Most people develop allergies on ragweed during autumn and cannot sleep at night due to the infection. Therefore, before the start of any season, one should visit a doctor and get prevention against the specific allergens. Moreover, during the season people should be careful about the house such as keeping it warm during cold seasons to avoid getting flu and cold, or maintain humidity and temperature levels during hot seasons. In addition to sleep being affected by environmental factors, habits such as watching tv until late affect the pattern. It is essential to know the factors that affect your sleeping pattern to ensure that you solve the issue effectively hence achieving maximum relaxation through having adequate sleep.

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