Do you sleep hot?
If you do, then chances are that you're not sleeping very well. Here are a few facts regarding sleep and temperature:
- According to the Clinique du Sommeil in Lille, France, the ideal sleep temperature is 60-66*. (The National Sleep Foundation recommends a sleeping temperature of 65*.)
- Sleep is disrupted when temperatures rise above 75*.
- Our bodies have a temperature cycle much like our circadian sleep cycle: our body temperature drops throughout the night, bottoming out a few hours before waking and going up as we approach morning.
- A cool bedroom environment is key to getting a good night's sleep. When we feel relaxed and comfortable in our environment, we are more likely to feel sleepy (The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington).
One of the basic ways to improve our sleep health is to try to regulate the environment temperature at night so that our body temperatures stay in that 60-65* sweet spot. Here are a few ideas to help:
- Crack a window (fresh air often helps our bodies relax, too).
- Turn the thermostat down.
- Avoid eating if possible for about two hours before you go to sleep. (If you do eat late, avoid carbs. Instead, eat slow-burning proteins and fats, like some cottage cheese or greek yogurt.)
- Avoid hard exercise before bed. Instead, do something to slow down and cool down your body. Stretch. Breathe.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing.
- Make sure your bed, pillow, and mattress are breathable and temperature-neutral.
There is a lot of technology in the mattress industry to help you accomplish maintaining a healthy sleep temperature. You should consider factors like airflow, moisture wicking, and body heat dissipation.
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