Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer Sleeping Tips: How to Achieve that Midsummer Night's Dream

Falling and staying asleep on a hot night is not an easy task! In addition to its soaring temperatures, the summer months are also synonymous with extra noise from people staying up later outside, additional brightness from longer days, and allergens from blooming plants. If you’re struggling to maintain your usual sleeping habits during the summer months, you're not alone. Here are our favorite quick fixes to sleep soundly on a Summer's night.

Keeping Cool

Hot temperatures can make you feel stifled and uncomfortable, leading to a night of endless tossing and turning in your sweat-drenched sheets. If your home isn’t equipped with air conditioning, lowering your bedroom to the optimal temperature will take some extra work. As temperatures begin to fall during the evening hours, open the windows in your home and place some fans nearby to draw the cool air inside. If you don’t want to leave your windows open all night, close them and leave the fans running to move the cool air around. If natural air movement just isn’t doing the job, consider investing in a small window air conditioner for your bedroom.

Reducing Noise

If you need to keep your windows open to cool your home, you’ll probably notice just about every sound your neighbors make. On a weekend evening, a wild party next door could keep you up for hours. Fortunately, there are a few ways in which you can reduce the noise around your home. Turning on a fan by your bed, for example, can generate white noise while adding airflow to cool you down. If you’d like a different noise, you can use a sound machine with preset nature noises, such as rainfall, to help drown out annoying noises while soothing you in the process.

Alleviating Allergy Symptoms

Open windows allow pollen and other allergens to get into your home. If you suffer from summer allergies, hours of sneezing and wiping a runny nose will likely make sleep elusive. To reduce allergens in your bedroom, wash your sheets regularly and vacuum the floor. After spending an evening outdoors, take a shower to clean off the pollen and open up your nasal passages. On a bad night, consider taking an over-the-counter decongestant to help you breathe easier.

Room Darkening

In the summer, the extended hours of sunlight can interrupt your usual sleeping habits. If you’re sensitive to light changes, invest in some dark drapes to cover your windows and create a peaceful sanctuary in your bedroom. If you still can’t get your room completely dark, use a sleeping mask to cover your eyes.

Do you have any other tried-and-true summer sleeping tips? Let us know in the comments below!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Welcome to the Rest Rite Blog!

We're happy you could stop by! We're very excited to begin writing about the latest trends and research that can help us understand why sleep is so importan; how sleep works and why it functions the way it does; and most of all, how to get more of it! We also love sharing fun articles and quirky sleep-related facts, exploring our favorite sleep-related apps, discussing personal experiences with sleep loss or sleep disorders, learning how dreaming works, and much more. Check back early and often for the latest news, tips, tricks, and information or try our Resources section for less time-sensitive information. Have a story of your own? Tell it to us! We hope you can share in our passion for sleep.