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The Natural Environment and Our Sleep

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.”  – Henry David Thoreau With summer sadly coming to a close, we see the days getting shorter and the temperature starting to cool. For some climates, this translates into less time spent outdoors. What do these environmental changes have to do with our sleep? And how can we best adapt? The importance of the natural environment for our sleep was recently highlighted in an article in Preventative Medicine. The authors examined to what extent characteristics of the natural environment, like access to natural amenities and greenspace, were linked to getting enough sleep. Access to greenspace, oceanfront or other bodies of water,…

Is it OK to Fall Asleep in the Sun?

The warmth may feel good, but find out whether it’s safe to snooze outdoors. Lying down in the sun—whether in a hammock, on a beach towel, or in a comfy, reclining deck chair—will give most people the overwhelming urge to nod off. If you’re one of the 40 percent of Americans who doesn’t get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night, you’re likely already feeling drowsy just thinking about that scenario. Combine that with the warm rays and perhaps a margarita, and you’ll be headed to dreamland before you can say, “Pass me the sunscreen.” Speaking of sunscreen, make sure that you slather it on before falling asleep. From a sleep perspective,…

Refresh Your Sleep This Spring

  Springtime can do a number on your sleep. Find out what to do about it. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and colorful buds are starting to pop from the ground. So why, when the rest of the world is so refreshed, aren’t you? For some people, spring can be a tough time of year to get a restful night’s sleep. But it doesn’t have to be. Below, check out some reasons that you might be tossing and turning during this time of year—and what you can do about it.   Sleep Stealer: Allergies How to Rest Easy: Allergies can crop up any time of year, but pollen tends to be at its peak in the spring….

Three Reasons That the Sun Makes You Tired

Is the sun sapping your energy? How to fight back If you’ve ever felt drained and exhausted after spending a day at the beach, it’s not a fluke. Long hours of sun exposure really can make you tired—but it’s probably not for the reasons that you think. For one thing, it doesn’t mean that you’ve overdosed on vitamin D. But it could mean that the following factors have set you up to feel tired. 1. Your Body Is Trying to Control Its Temperature. Normally, your body works hard to maintain a consistent internal temperature. But when you’re exposed to direct heat while spending time in the sun, your body ends up working overtime to keep you cool….