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Surprising Summer Sleep Challenges—and How to Deal

The best parts about June, July, and August may also be the worst for quality shut-eye. Learn how to protect yourself from bright skies, warm temps, and other sneaky sleep saboteurs. Few things are more aggravating than lying awake in a hot bedroom covered in sweat. Beyond the annoying inconvenience of having to get up and change your shirt (or take a cold shower), this kind of summer sleep disruption can leave you feeling tired and lethargic the next day. But heat and humidity aren’t the only sleep challenges that arrive in the summer: Longer daylight hours can interfere with your body’s circadian rhythm, noisy neighbors can jar you awake, and flying insects can…

How to Sleep Better in the Fall

The season of pumpkin lattés, football, and cozy sweaters can mean months of poor sleep for some people. While fall’s cool nights provide a nice bedtime break from summer’s hot and humid evenings, a host of other sleep issues can crop up during this time of year and disrupt shuteye. But autumn doesn’t need to leave you fatigued and frustrated—just follow this advice. See the Light. Fall’s shorter days mean that you’re not exposed to as much sunlight. Not only can this lower your level of vitamin D, which may leave you feeling fatigued, but it can throw off your circadian rhythm, which regulates feelings of wakefulness and sleepiness. Luckily, getting plenty of sun on your…