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Feeling more tired than normal now that winter has hit? You’re not alone. With less sunlight during the day, our bodies produce more melatonin and less serotonin, making us sleepier. However, you may also find you are sleeping worse during winter – here are 3 tips to help improve your sleep during winter.

  1. Don’t sleep with your electric blanket on, or with the heater on high: even though it is cold, it’s important not to heat yourself all night as you’ll overheat and reduce the quality of your sleep. Try natural bedding like wool and duck down to keep you warm without overheating.

  2. Don’t stay in bed longer than usual: it’s even harder to get out of bed when it’s cold outside, but it’s important that your bed is used for sleep and sleep alone. Lying in bed for hours will extend your melatonin production and leave you fatigued, whilst making it hard for you to fall asleep at night.

  3. Rest more than usual: as mentioned before, it is natural to feel more tired in winter. So it is important to practice self-care and allow yourself to rest more – having an earlier night or shifting your alarm by half an hour.

If you’re still struggling with your sleep, speak to your family doctor or a sleep specialist. You may be suffering from a sleep disorder like insomnia or sleep apnoea.

Sove CPAP Clinic has a network of 40 clinics nationwide, and works in partnership with Centurion Healthcare, a Respiratory & Sleep Specialist clinic group to provide comprehensive sleep care including:

  1. Respiratory & Sleep Specialist consultation – face-to-face and telehealth available
  2. Sleep studies – in-lab, home and contactless sleep studies available.

Bulk billing available for specialist telehealth consultations as well as sleep studies. Medicare criteria apply. Call 1300 76 29 39 or email info@thecpapclinic.com.au for more information.