If it’s tougher for you to fall asleep during the warmer summer months, you aren’t alone! Though many people suffer from sleep disruption due to conditions like sleep apnea, there are actually several factors specific to the summer months that can also cause you to miss out on much-needed rest. Here’s more from your sleep dentist in Lawton about how the summertime can negatively impact the quality of your rest, along with some tips for helping you get back to bed.
How Does the Summertime Affect the Quality of My Rest?
It’s important to note that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), one of the most common forms of sleep apnea, can affect patients year-round and isn’t specific to summer by any means. That said, there are several other potential causes for sleep disruption during the summer months including:
- Warmer temperatures indoors and outdoors.
- Seasonal allergies due to pollen, leaves, grass, etc.
- Pet dandruff.
- Longer days and more daylight entering your bedroom.
- Eating later in the day.
- Sleeping materials that aren’t clean, comfortable, or breathable.
- Summer vacation, jet lag, or other plans that disrupt your sleep schedule.
The Importance of Sleep Apnea Therapy
If your body isn’t able to get the rest it needs, whether it’s due to sleep apnea or other types of disruption, you’re heightening your risk of developing a serious health concern. These conditions include things like stress, fatigue, memory loss, hypertension (elevated blood pressure), diabetes, and even cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, sleep apnea therapy is an effective means of managing these symptoms and restoring the quality of your rest. Treatment options include things like CPAP machines, oral appliances, and more.
Tips for Getting a Better Summer Night’s Sleep
You won’t be able to enjoy your summer if you feel groggy all the time! Other than seeking treatment for sleep apnea, here are some tips to help you out:
- Establish a bedtime routine – You should try to go to sleep around the same time every night and limit the number of distractions that occur when it’s time for bed.
- Keep your body cool – Warm temperatures and high humidity can make it quite difficult to fall asleep, so be sure that cool air is circulating throughout your bedroom (an optimal temperature to try to maintain is between 60- and 67-degrees Fahrenheit).
- Sleep on breathable materials – You should consider sheets and pillows made of natural fibers, as they’ll keep you cooler. Also consider sleeping with your feet outside of the covers.
- Avoid late-night snacking – Everything that you eat throughout the day can potentially impact your sleep at night. Refrain from eating, drinking alcohol, or smoking right before bedtime.
If you’re concerned about the quality of your rest and believe sleep apnea might be to blame for your sleep disruption, don’t hesitate to reach out to your sleep dentist about possible treatment options.
About the Author
Dr. David J. Drummond received his dental doctorate from the Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago and has several years of experience serving the dental needs of patients and families in Lawton. His practice is proud to offer a wide range of available services including sleep apnea therapy. If you have any questions about sleep apnea and would like to schedule a visit, feel free to contact Dr. Drummond through his practice’s website or over the phone: (580) 355-0344.