In order for us to get a good night’s sleep, we need to lose around 1C of our internal body temperature, which sits around 37C.
We typically lose that through our head or face, which pokes out of the duvet.
If you’re sleeping in a room which is too warm, your body’s core temperature is unable to lose that heat and your sleep will be disturbed.
If our sleep becomes so disturbed that we are sleep deprived, we will see greater ‘sleep intensity’, which leads to greater brain activity. The heat can increase our chance of intense dreams and nightmares due to the greater brain activity.
Source: Dr Neil Stanley, former chairman of the British Sleep Society.
How To Keep Cool:
> Use cotton sheets
> Freeze your hot water bottle and stick it in your bed a little while before you go to sleep
> Take a cool shower before bed for a quick and easy way to cool down
> Point your fan towards and open window to push out the hot air
> Freeze a bottle of water and place it in front of your fan to cool the air. It should last all night.
> Turn off all the lights
> Unplug your devices and don’t charge them while your sleep.
Still needing rest? Join me for Yoga Nidra on Sat 21 Jul, 10.30am-12.30pm at Lotus Loft, Exeter.