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How to Sleep Better During the Winter

Getting a good night’s sleep during the winter season may seem like it should be no problem. Winter is the season of longer nights, extra blankets, and more time spent at home. Even with all this, winter can wreck sleep quality. With the harsh winter weather and reduced hours of sunlight, it can disrupt our sleep schedule and our ability to get enough sleep.

In order to set yourself up for the best sleep in the winter, be sure to integrate these tips into your daily habits:

  • Stay active: While it can be hard to find the motivation for outdoor workouts when it's cold, be sure to make a workout happen a few times a week -- even an at-home routine is great. Exercise supports better sleep habits. Just ensure you’re not working out too close to your bedtime. Aim to get your workout done at least 4-5 hours before you hit the hay if not earlier in your day.
  • Resist the urge to nap: The shorter days and cooler temps leave us wanting to cozy up on the couch and have a little nap. Make sure you’re not napping daily for more than 45 minutes as it can be extremely disruptive to your sleep schedule. Try a power nap of 15-20 minutes to give you a boost.
  • Watch the moisture: Winter is known to bring dry skin and an even dryer nose, making you uncomfortable. Be sure to moisturize your skin a little extra during the winter months and invest in a humidifier if needed.
  • Don’t overheat: Colder temperatures are best for sleeping, as the body’s internal temperature drops as it prepares for bed. It’s tempting to crank up the thermostat and grab the extra blankets but be mindful to avoid tossing and turning all night due to being too hot and even worse, sweaty!