Beat the Heat: Why Body Temperature Matters for a Good Sleep
We’ve all been there in there: waking up in hot, sticky sheets — or even worse, lying awake in bed, uncomfortable, overly hot, and feeling awful. It’s not just a trick of the mind. Why are we sometimes able to fall directly asleep while other times we can’t seem to shake that heat off for some well needed rest. It turns out body temperature is a vitally important part of sleep, and as variable as the night you’re sleeping.
As you sleep your core body temperature dips — but sometimes, because of the weather, because of pajamas, or yes, because of your mattress, your body is unable to make the transition by itself. In those cases, sleep can be too light to get into deep REM sleep, or in some cases won’t come at all. We’ve come up with a few options for helping your body cycle into that restful state of slumber without any added chemicals or expensive sleep aids.
Take a Hot Shower Before Bed
Many people take hot showers before bed because it’s an easy way to get ready for the next day. This can actually work two-fold for you, as it also helps regulate your body temperature. Because your sleep cycle is signaled by your body through a temperature drop, coming out of a hot shower into the cooler air helps to jumpstart that process. It’s something that sleep scientist, Dr. Sujay Kansagra says is natural and effective.
“The body temperature drops when we fall asleep. Taking a hot nighttime shower just before bedtime artificially raises the body temperature,” Kansagra explained in a recent interview. “The subsequent fast drop can make it easier to fall asleep.”
So the the next time you’re feeling like you might not be able to fall asleep, try relaxing with a hot shower, the therapeutic effects should be enough to get you naturally snoozing in dreamland.
Invest in a Quality Mattress
Oftentimes heat can be retained by a poorly made mattress. Lower quality bed springs and memory foam can actually heat up with your body temperature at night. Investing in a quality mattress is a great way to make sure that this won’t happen to you.
Don’t sweat out not being able to sleep, make sure that you’re giving yourself the optimal sleeping environment every single night of the week. You definitely won’t be disappointed with the results.
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