Those extra hours of light during the summer days can contribute to sleep problems at night. Here are a few tips to help you sleep through the long Alaskan summer nights.
- Go to bed the same time everyday. Even though it is still light and it doesn’t quite feel late yet, it is recommended to go to sleep the same time everyday, or close to it.
- Get blackout or dark curtains for the bedroom. It will be light throughout the night in Alaska, but the bedroom should be kept dark for sleeping. If curtains are not an option, try a sleep mask.
- Prepare for sleep. Start your bedtime routine and power down electronics at least a half hour before you go to bed. Instead of electronics try reading a book or practice relaxation techniques.
- Social events. During the long summer days, Alaskans likes to join their family and friends for social events. Keep an eye on the clock and monitor the amount of alcohol consumed, its easy to lose track of time with the constant light.
- Drink water before bed. It is easier to get dehydrated in the summer because the increased heat. Being dehydrated will make you feel more tired during the day, so keep up the H20 intake.