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The winters in Cleburne, Texas, are refreshingly cool, which means you likely sleep better. But once it starts to warm up in the spring, tossing and turning can become a nightly activity that drives you crazy. And you likely don’t get the recommended seven hours of healthy sleep that way. Here are three tips to help you sleep better this summer:

Gradually Turn the Lights Down

Setting the mood for bedtime is an important part of preparing your body and mind for a good night’s sleep. One way to do that is by gradually turning down the lights around your home a few hours before bedtime. Light suppresses melatonin secretion, but the pineal gland increases the production of this helpful hormone in the dark.

Avoid Looking at Your Phone

Recent research suggests that exposure to blue light before sleep can disrupt your natural circadian rhythm. In the other words, your phone’s LCD screen can cause you to have trouble falling asleep. While there are apps that help adapt your phone to the sun’s cycle and reduce its blue light emissions, it’s best to leave it alone a couple of hours before bed.

Take a Warm Bath Before Bed

This might seem counter-intuitive, but taking a warm bath or shower before bed can actually help you sleep better. That’s because, contrary to popular belief, a warm bath or shower helps lower your body’s temperature. After you step out of the tub, the moisture on your skin quickly evaporates. This effect causes your body to cool off.

You need a fully functioning air conditioner to survive the hot summer nights in Texas. That’s why AC maintenance is so important. Contact Airmasters Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. at 817-506-4862 to schedule your appointment today. We’re here to help you sleep more peacefully at night so you can live a more productive life during the day.

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