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Tips for A Better Night’s Sleep During the Summertime

June 2, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drpusksas @ 8:46 pm
Woman sleeping peacefully during the summer.

Every night, millions of people miss out on countless hours of sleep because of sleep apnea—and even worse, many more cases go undiagnosed! But even though sleep apnea is one of the leading causes of sleep disruption, there are actually many other things that can cause you to miss out on much-needed rest, and many of them are specific to the summertime! Here’s more from your sleep dentist in Atlanta about what can affect your sleep during the summertime, and some tips for helping you get back to bed.

What Can Affect My Sleep During the Summer?

Even though it might not seem like it, there are actually quite a few things that can influence your sleep that are associated with the summer months. Aside from sleep apnea, which can occur year-round anyway, there are many potential reasons for sleep disruption during the summer including:

  • Warmer temperatures indoors and outdoors.
  • Seasonal allergies (from pollen, grasses, and leaves).
  • Pet  dandruff.
  • Longer days and more daylight entering your bedroom.
  • Eating later in the day.
  • Sleeping materials that aren’t cool, breathable, or comfortable.
  • Summer vacation, jet lag, or plans that disrupt your sleep schedule.

Tips for Getting a Better Summer Night’s Sleep

Denying yourself rest can lead to many serious health concerns including fatigue, stress, hypertension (elevated blood pressure), heart disease, and even diabetes in some cases. Not to mention, you won’t have a very fun summer if you feel groggy all the time! Here are some tips to help yourself get a better night’s sleep during the summertime:

  • Establish a bedtime routine – Try to go to bed around the same time every night and limit the number of distractions—even if you’re on vacation!
  • Keep your body cool – Heat and high humidity can make trying to sleep quite miserable! Aim to keep your bedroom between 60 and 67 degrees or at least make sure that cool air is circulating throughout the room.
  • Sleep on breathable materials – Consider sheets and pillows that are made of natural fibers. It also sometimes helps to sleep with your feet outside of the covers.
  • Avoid late-night snacking, drinking, and smoking – Everything that you eat and drink throughout the day influences your sleep and can potentially keep you up at night.
  • Seek sleep apnea treatment – If you’re able to receive a sleep apnea diagnosis, you can receive sleep apnea treatment. Some solutions include CPAP machines and oral appliances.

It’s important to know what can influence and affect your ability to fall asleep; rest is vital to your body’s wellness! If you’re concerned about how sleep apnea might be influencing your sleep this summer, don’t hesitate to contact your sleep dentist for possible treatment.

About the Author

Dr. Jane C. Puskas has proudly served patients and families in Atlanta and the surrounding area for several years. Dr. Puskas received her dental doctorate from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and is a member of several professional organizations including the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists. Her practice is pleased to offer many available services including sleep apnea therapy. If you have any questions about the article or would like to schedule an appointment, you can contact Dr. Puskas through her practice’s website or by phone: (404) 261-7488.

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