The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and we are elated for the warmer weather, then why do we feel a sense of wanting to sleep all the time?

There are a couple of factors that can increase our level of sleepiness as the seasons change and especially as we go from the winter hibernation to the light wonder that is spring.

Allergies

Did you know that there is a greater amount of pollen in the air during the spring season? But what impact does that have on our sleep?  Having an itchy throat, stuffy nose and watery eyes can be annoying and can intrude on our sleep patterns greatly, they can also raise the risk of obstructive sleep apnoea. 

It is important to limit the amount of pollen’s present in your bedroom. Ensuring that you dust and vacuum as much as possible may assist in calming those stubborn allergies.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea – OSA

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea otherwise known as OSA is associated with soft tissue of the mouth and throat and when the throat and tongue muscles are more relaxed, this soft tissue can cause the airway to become blocked. 

People with OSA wake with a feeling of being tired, exhausted even.  If your allergies are affecting you and you feel like you are not getting enough sleep, it may be time to seek the right advice from the experts in Sleep Therapy.  OSA can be a very serious condition if left untreated and affects thousands of people.   So, do not think you are alone.

Light

Have you noticed that the days are becoming brighter?  The light can have an impact on our sleep patterns as light suppresses your body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that makes you feel sleepy when the sun sets.  It is important to stick to your alarm not the suns. 

You can achieve this by making a few minor changes in your bedroom. Look for ways to limit the amount of sun that is coming into your room of a morning or think about adding block out blinds or something similar that will do the trick for you.  Investing in a sleep mask can also assist you especially if the other options are out of the question.
 
Thinking that sleep apnoea only effects the elderly would be an incorrect assumption.  OSA is not discriminating in anyway.  So pay attention during the changes in seasons and do not ignore the warning signs, make time speak to the team at Synergy Sleep about how you can take back control of your sleep and start to wake feeling refreshed and invigorated again, as I am sure it has been a while since you have been able to say you had a good night’s sleep. 

Contact the expert team at Synergy Sleep today on 07 3287 2385 or visit our website and we will happily contact you https://synergysleep.com.au/contact/

So put the Spring back in your step and book an appointment today!!