Go for a walk at lunch
If you’re like a lot of working people, getting morning light may not be that easy. Leaving early for work and getting home after dark doesn’t help. If that’s the case, get outside during your lunchtime and take a stroll or even sit on a park bench in the sun while you have a sandwich.
Avoid naps in the winter
There is no biological need for more sleep during the winter months, but it’s easy to get lulled into a nap during the day. Try to avoid napping as it will interfere with your sleep at night.
Exercise improves how you sleep. That’s a given. But it’s easier in the warmer months to take a bike ride or go for a jog. Go to the gym or get on that exercycle that doesn’t get used much. Just 30 minutes of exercise each day makes a major difference.
Watch out for the comfort foods
The holidays and colder weather bring on cravings for comfort foods, but beware the foodie monsters. Yes, a large meal will put you to sleep but it will also add calories you don’t need. Eating close to bedtime can cause heartburn and stomach upsets, too, which will definitely interrupt your sleep.
Moderate your indoor temperature and humidity
Colder temperatures are much better for sleeping, since the body’s internal temperature drops as it prepares for sleep. If your bedroom is on an upper floor, you can really get too warm since heat rises. Stay cool and you’ll sleep better -- year round. Also a humidifier is a great addition for the winter months and one with an aromatherapy diffuser is a real plus.
Less alcohol means better sleep
In colder months, warming alcoholic drinks have plenty of appeal. But consider that alcohol acts as a sedative, but as it leaves your body it has the opposite effect and acts as a stimulant. You may fall asleep easily, but wake up a few hours later and not be able to get back to sleep.
Lower your stress levels
With winter come the holidays and all the revelry and celebrating that goes with it. Unfortunately all the stress of work, travel, shopping, vacations, parties, and visiting relatives can create stress that interferes with your sleep. Make time to lower your stress: yoga, deep breathing, meditation, or short workouts will help.