Nov 11, 2008 - ..Children, Anything & Everything, Environment, Myths & Facts    6 Comments    20,157 views

Why do we feel sleepy when it rains?

Kids ASK! about Myths & Facts

There are different views on whether the climate has anything to do with being sleepy. Below is an extract from an article from Psychology Today taken from their website:

“Rain may make you feel tired, but it doesn’t really help you get a good night’s sleep. In fact, sunny weather brings more restful nights, according to research done at the University of Rochester Sleep Laboratory in New York. When the clouds go away, not only do you sleep more soundly, you are more likely to sleep longer.
In the study, 43 subjects were asked to keep sleep diaries for 105 nights. The researchers crosschecked the diaries with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather database and found that the higher the barometer—meaning the better the weather—the more soundly people rested.
The findings explain why people don’t want to get up when it’s raining. Researchers add that the sound of rain and lack of sunlight make it even harder to get out of bed.”

Source: (2003, February). Why Rainy Days Make Us Tired. Retrieved November 10, 2008, from Psychology Today website: http://psychologytoday.com/articles/pto-20030228-000003.html

Intrigued by sleeping patterns? Here are some recommended resources:

Books:
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Zzzzz : a book of sleep by Il Sung Na.
Publisher : London : Meadowside Children’s Books, 2007.
Call No. : JP NA

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Sleeping well by Sylvia Goulding.
Publisher : Vero Beach, Fla. : Rourke Pub, c2005.
Call No. : J 613.7 GOU

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How do you sleep? by Louise Bonnet-Rampersaud
Publisher : New York : Marshall Cavendish Children, c2005.
Call No. : JP 573.8 BON

Sleep by Christopher Idzikowski
Publisher : London : Collins, 2007.
Call No. : 612.821 IDZ -[HEA]

Websites:
- Sleep (Encyclopedia.com)
- Basics of sleep behavior

For the availability of the above book titles, please check the library catalogue.

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Librarian
Children’s Services

 

 

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6 Comments

  • i sleep better when it rains i dont know why i just do its relaxing to me but sometimes i have a hard time gettin out of bed and other times i can get out of bed with no problem dose that make me diff????

  • I\’m deaf and I live in South Florida. I was up and very alert this morning and I went to run an errand before noon. I came home to make a few phone calls. Then all the sudden I felt really tired. It was really weird. So I fell asleep on the couch. The curtains are closed in my apartment. When I woke up, I looked outside and turned out that it had been raining the whole time since I got home. I\’ve noticed that my body can sense that there\’s rain without KNOWING it and I will get really sleepy. Can someone explain that?

  • Hi Ashley,

    Thank you for your enquiry. There is no scientific evidence to date that shows that one’s body is able to sense the impending rain. However, there are different views as well on the ability of animals being able to sense rain, earthquake and such.

    For me personally, I will feel sleeply, be it rain or sun. I guess it’s really up to our individual bodies :-)

  • I feel the exact same way about the rain as Ashley, but it’s the same with me for snow (I live in Wisconsin) as well. I always know it’s about to rain or snow before it actually starts. My mom takes my word over any weather man because I am pretty much always right about a storm coming. It actually gets creepy how in tuned I am to the weather.

  • I feel the exact same way about the rain as Ashley, but it\’s the same with me for snow (I live in Wisconsin) as well. I always know it\’s about to rain or snow before it actually starts. My mom takes my word over any weather man because I am pretty much always right about a storm coming. It actually gets creepy how in tuned I am to the weather.

    • Hi Nicole,

      Thanks for visiting our blog! It is quite amazing that you can ‘predict’ when it’s going to rain or snow!
      I guess, really to some extent, its the lack of sunlight that lulls us to sleep when its raining..

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