Ahh, winter. That most contentious of seasons. Seems to be, you either love it or hate it, and a lot of that just has to do with perspective. For instance, some see freshly-fallen snow and are awestruck by beauty—others think about how rough traffic will be in the morning. Some people hear Christmas music back on the radio and are immediately filled with holiday cheer—while other would prefer nails on a chalkboard.
But there are some side effects of winter time that nobody is fond of, and one of those is the sleepy, sluggish, can’t-get-out-of-bed feeling which sort of feels like an urge to hibernate. It’s a feeling most of us could do without, and it actually can be harmful to a healthy night of sleep. Here’s some of the sluggish “hibernation” habits we tend to fall into, and how you can beat them in order to get your best sleep possible.
There’s something about going to sleep in the wintertime that feels more satisfying than at other times of year. When the weather outside is hostile and chilly, crawling beneath thick blankets and curling up in your bed feels cozier and more comforting than ever. But sleeping during the wintertime does have one pretty serious drawback: dry air.
When the temperatures drop during wintertime, so does the humidity level, meaning that all that moisture your body normally takes from the air is gone. Add into that equation the fact that you’re probably cranking up the heat. Hot air from your furnace increases dryness, so you’re setting yourself up for quite a parched predicament.
Dry winter air causes more than just discomfort—it can have some serious effects. Most significantly, it can wreak havoc on your sinuses. When the air is too dry, your sinuses can’t drain properly, leading to congestion or even sinusitis. When yo