Is the winter season keeping you up at night? No, seriously, the winter can really mess with your sleeping habits!

According to Kristen Rodman from you aren't crazy for thinking your beauty sleep has been lacking this winter. It pretty much boils down to three main factors: lack of light, colder air, and change in eating habits.

  • Lack of light can actually cause the body to produce more melatonin, which makes you feel tired and sluggish. Then, add to that the fact that the shorter hours of daylight can actually cause depression. SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder is "categorized by full-fledged depressive episodes that take place regularly during times of seasonal change."
  • Yeah, colder air is no fun and it's not easy to sleep when you're too cold, but it's actually turning on the heat to combat the cold that really messes with you. When you turn on the heat the air can become too dry and too warm, which "denatures the mucus membranes" and causes you to get sick. And we all know that when you're sick it's hard to get a good night's sleep.
  • Who knew that extra helping at Christmas dinner was actually messing with our sleep? With all of the holidays during this time of year the change in eating habits can influence your sleep. Yeah, all of those sugary and high-calorie foods don't just affect your waistline. According to Dr. Lichtenstein "When our sleep cycle gets disrupted, we wind up craving those foods more and we don't know when we're full, if we continue to eat like this, it will affect our sleep… it's a vicious cycle."

So, there you have it. The winter season is the one to blame for all of those sleep deprived nights. But, don't let the wintertime get the best of you, there are things you can do to take back your sleep. Check out the AccuWeather's seven tips and tricks for a better winter season sleep.

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