New Survey Finds Summer “Seriously Stressful”
Sweet, sweet summertime…The warm sand on your toes. Lounging at the beach. Hitting the pool and kicking back with a nice, cool beverage (maybe a refreshing smoothie). Sounds relaxing, right? Well, not so fast.
A new survey from SleepRate has found that one-third of us rank summer as the most stressful season of the year. How can that be? What happened to the long, lazy days of summer?
So what’s causing all of this summer stress? Here are the key factors:
1. New Routines
School is out and most daycare facilities are closed for the summer, meaning parents need to find alternate solutions for childcare. Finding quality care you can trust is fairly stressful in itself. Add to that the new drop-off and pick-up times, plus the fact that many kids have difficulty adjusting to a new environment, and it’s no wonder parents jump for joy when school starts back up in the fall.
2. Family Vacations
Yes, we’d all like to say that family vacations are great. The kids get to play with their cousins. Maybe grandma offers to babysit so you and your spouse can enjoy a date night. But, let’s get real. How often do vacations end up being the truly enjoyable experiences they’re supposed to?
There’s always someone in the family that can really get on your nerves. And, being stuck with that person for one or two weeks can be a huge test of patience. Or the kids start fighting, and continue fighting non-stop, for the entire trip. And then you get home and think: I need a vacation from that vacation!
3. Lack of Sleep
A lack of sleep is the primary reason as to why summer is so stressful. With the sun setting later and rising earlier, many people find the season is simply too bright to get a good night’s rest.
On top of that, it’s plain hot. The researchers found that 88 percent of those who participated in their survey like to sleep in cooler temperatures. But even if you’re cranking the A/C, many houses have bedrooms on the upper floors. And since heat rises, the bedrooms can be the warmest rooms in your house.
To help get a good night’s sleep during the warm summer months, try sleeping in light, cotton clothing. Cotton is a more breathable fabric than most synthetic materials. Also, if too much sunlight is getting into your bedroom, consider getting blackout shades to keep those strong rays out. And finally, try not to cram so many activities in each day, especially ones at night that will result in a late bedtime.