Silentnight’s resident sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, says: “Winter has a significant impact on our sleep patterns. The season brings with it a dramatic reduction in light which causes a depletion in Vitamin D levels, which can effect both our energy levels and mood. During winter our bodies also produce too much of the hormone, melatonin, which can make us sleepy and groggy.”
Combat the winter blues this year with Dr Nerina’s top sleep tips and breeze through winter:
1. Make the most of the sunshine and increase your Vitamin D levels by getting out into nature. Fresh air is a quick energiser, try doing something as simple as getting outside and breathing deeply for a few minutes.
2. Keep active – this helps to increase your energy levels and will stop you feeling sluggish. Why not mix it up by starting a new exercise routine.
3. Avoid oversleeping – the amount of sleep needed will vary from individual to individual. Although you should make sure you get enough sleep during the darker evenings, avoid oversleeping, is this is actually the source of fatigue.
4. Eat and drink healthily – although you don’t often feel like it during the colder months, a balanced diet can really help to increase your energy levels, as well strengthening your immune system against colds and flu. Look at swapping summer salads for hearty soups.
5. Hydrotherapy – try a 30 second blast of cold water at the end of your shower for instant energy and a boost to your circulation.
Plan your next summer break – planning a getaway will give you something to look forward to it and help lift your mood, easing the transition from summer to winter.
Make it your goal to incorporate at least three of Dr Nerina’s tips into your weekly routine to notice a genuine improvement in your sleeping habits and mood. For further sleep tips or sleep related advice, please visit www.silentnight.co.uk/sleepmatters