When you imagine warding off colder winter weather, thoughts of snuggling into fluffy blankets, sipping on hot chocolate, and warming up by the fireplace may enter your mind. But despite all these cozy recourses (and your desire to hibernate through winter like a bear in a cave) getting a better winter night's sleep isn't always that easy.
The good news is that you're not alone—when the temperatures drop and the days grow shorter, it's common for sleep quality to worsen. This disruption can be a result of a bunch of different factors, such as decreased motivation to exercise (movement can help you fall asleep faster and improve sleep quality), shorter, darker days interfering with your sleep cycle (increased darkness can mess with melatonin production), or colder weather making it less likely you're spending time outside (exposure to morning sunlight can help support quicker wind-down times later in the day).
No matter the root cause of your lost slumber, it's time for you to get some better winter sleep ASAP. So mix up a sleepy girl mocktail, eat a carb-rich dinner, try out some bedtime yoga, and grab these four luxe products that'll help you get better sleep this winter.
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If part of the reason you can’t fall asleep is because you’re too cold, a heated blanket is the cozy solution for you. This one from Sunbeam has twelve heat settings to choose from, so you can keep your temperature consistent all night long and avoid your sleep being disrupted by any sudden temperature changes. It even has a 12-hour shut-off feature, aka you never have to worry that you forgot to turn it off a la your hair straightener. Plus, it’s machine washable for easy maintenance—just don’t forget to remove the controller before you start the wash cycle.
Do aches and pains (potentially from the colder weather) keep you tossing and turning night after night? A body pillow may be the helping hand you need to improve your sleep quality. This 4 feet, 6 inches body pillow’s cylinder shape will help to conform to your shape and support your sleep position, no matter if you’re a back, stomach, or side sleeper. Additionally, it can take pressure off your joints and muscles and potentially lessen back pain by helping to keep your spine in alignment. Added bonus? The memory foam is infused with charcoal, which can help to regulate moisture, temperature, and odor.
You know how with regular pillowcases you have to keep waking up to flip them onto the cool side? Yeah, that’s not a thing with silk pillowcases—the side you’re sleeping on is *always* cool, which helps you regulate your body temperature as you sleep.
The real selling point of silk pillowcases, though, is how good they are for your hair and skin. The smooth, silky texture reduces friction on your strands, leading to less snagage, breakage, tangling, and frizziness. As for your skin, silk absorbs less moisture than other fabrics, meaning your moisturizer and serum will sink into your skin instead of your pillowcase, which is especially helpful in the winter when your skin is drier.
Waking up and feeling like you didn’t sleep a wink is the *worst.* But did you know it can be caused by pollutants in the air? Indoor pollutants or allergens in your room have been associated with increased respiratory sleep problems (read: your nose and throat can be bothered by them), which can cause sleeping disruptions. Running an air purifier at night can help eliminate irritants in the air, leading to a deeper slumber—and this compact one that comes in two cute colors won’t take up too much space in your room. Its three-stage filtration process makes it ideal for asthma and allergy relief, too. Here’s to catching all the zzzs this winter—without any tossing and turning.
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