Summer has arrived, which means the spring flowers have bloomed and the days have grown longer.  Today is the first day of summer and we are happy it is here, however each season has a unique way of affecting one of our major health behaviors, our sleep.

The flowers have bloomed and our allergies have returned. They may begin to settle down, or they may not, it will really depend on the environment this particular season, as well as your specific triggers. Knowing what you are allergic to can be of assistance in fighting this battle. Allergy symptoms have an extremely negative affect on your sleep and lack of sleep can really exacerbate you allergies… What a terrible cycle this is.

In order to get as much sleep as possible, we highly recommend showering before bed each night to get rid of any allergens you may be carrying on your person. We also recommend keeping your windows closed and using the air conditioning if possible, that way you aren’t inviting all of those pollens to come right in your window.  Using an air purifier can really help clear the air as well. Last but not least, be sure to wash your bedding at least once a week to kill off all those dust mites before they really start to pile up.

Tomorrow we will share another aspect of summer that negatively affects your sleeping conditions. We will also give you some tips on the best ways to prevent lack of sleep during the summer months.