Sleep comfortably in winter
Of the four seasons, winter may be the most challenging sleep.
"The winter months are probably the most sleep-deprived because the days are so short," says Dr. Chelsea Roherschib, a sleep specialist and neurologist. "It not only negatively affects sleep but also carries a serious risk of seasonal depression."
Seasonal depression occurs when our brain tries to distinguish between day and night. Now imagine it gets dark by 4 pm. The effects of light and the change of seasons can also cause seasonal affective disorder or seasonal depression.
In this mood disorder, many people experience oversleeping or oversleeping. One study found that 80% of those surveyed reported insomnia, while only 10% reported insomnia.
One way to help regenerate healthy sleeping habits is to use light therapy. Special devices such as light boxes or lamps retain daylight and can be used at night. Vitamin D supplementation may also help, as vitamin D deficiency is often associated with poor sleep quality and lower vitamin D levels in winter.
Dry winter weather may cause dry and itchy skin, cracked lips and prevent you from sleeping comfortably. For treatment, be sure to use moisturizing cream, lip balm, and Vaseline. Also, try to keep the room humid with a humidifier.