As the days grow longer, our daily routines begin to change. Many of us enjoy the extra hours of daylight that the summertime brings us. The additional hours of daylight provide us with more time for summertime activities like barbeques, camping, vacations, yard work, and the list goes on.

As the days stretch on, many of us naturally fall asleep later, which can come at a price. If you are going to bed while it is still light out, you will want to make your sleeping quarters as dark as possible. If the sunlight is causing you to stay up later, make sure you are able to sleep in later. Shortchanging your sleep all summer is a formula for disaster.

Whether you go to sleep while the sun is still shining or once its gone down, all the sunlight you experience throughout the day can still make it challenging to transition to sleep. The sunlight not only affects your sleep directly by making it difficult to fall asleep, but also indirectly by influencing your internal clock affecting the time you would typically fall asleep.

The key, of course, is getting a full night of sleep. Make sure to keep your bedroom as dark as possible by using light reducing window shades or even a sleep mask to block out excess light. We hope you are able to sleep well this summer.