If you are like most people, sleep is something that you continually strive for in a never-ending battle between your busy, time consuming life and the necessary reboot your body requires every night. The lack of sleep will build up, weighing you down like a load of bricks while making you less and less productive and more and more cranky.Tonight, though, it will happen.
You have planned it just right. You exercised after work, made dinner, ran errands, and cleaned up the house early. The caffeine you had from this morning’s cup of coffee is long out of your system and the room darkening shades will block the sun in the morning. You have done everything right. Everything is in order so you will finally be able to go to bed early tonight. But, after laying in bed you realize it is taking you a bit longer to fall asleep. You’re tossing and turning. You close your eyes and try to force yourself to sleep but find yourself taking a peak at the clock every 7 minutes. Maybe you fall asleep for a bit but wake up shortly after. Why can’t you fall asleep?The one thing you forgot.
Of course, there are many reasons as to why you might not be able to fall asleep at night but one that not many people think about is temperature. Even though your body feels comfortable it could be too warm for you to fall asleep and stay asleep. If you’ve noticed, there are many new sleep products that have included new technologies to help cool the body when sleeping. Some of the technologies we, at Glideaway, use are Cool Response Gel, Feran Ice, and even aerated memory foam. More and more cooling features are being used with sleep products because studies show it does indeed help people fall and stay asleep faster and better.There is a reason why cooler is better.
The science behind it is based on the natural occurrence in your own body. When sleeping, your internal core temperature dips a bit. This actually happens twice a day. The first time is around 2pm which is why some are prone to napping or feeling sleepy at that time. The larger drop is at night. By providing a cooler sleep setting you are effectively helping your body reach that lower temperature. There is a limit to how cold you want to get while sleeping. Having too cold of a sleep environment will have the opposite reaction and can easily disrupt sleep. Scientists are still debating on the exact temperature that is ideal for sleep, but most agree that between 68-77ºF is the sweet zone.Do some tests.
Since everyone’s body is different it may take some time to find the perfect sleep temperature for you. Keep everything related to your sleep routine the same but every night change the temperature in the room by 1 or 2 degrees. Keep a journal next to the bed to write down how you feel when you wake up. After a few nights you should start to see the changes in temperature affecting how you are sleeping.
By Mat Jennings