The sunny days of summer are exciting. Beach trips, picnics, and barbecues are finally back on the agenda! But you may not realize how this warmer weather is affecting your sleep habits.
Studies have shown that cooler temperatures help facilitate deep sleep. In contrast, warmer temperatures may make your sleep less consistent or restful. Try to set the thermostat somewhere closer to 65 – 72 degrees in your bedroom at night. This is recommended by experts on sleep medicine to create ideal sleeping conditions conducive to a deep sleep.
However, during your REM sleep cycle your body’s temperature may fluctuate. So, it’s a good idea to keep an extra blanket on the bed, just in case you need a quick fix during the night.
In addition, while a memory foam pillow or mattress may feel good the moment you rest your head, they may actually disturb your sleep by holding onto too much heat. If you’re in the market for a new mattress or pillow, make sure to pay attention to how the material holds heat.
If you’ve made a few adjustments to your sleep habits in the summer and you’re still feeling groggy, it may be time to evaluate your sleep health. SleepMaster Solutions™ can help! A free online sleep screening may help you determine if you’re at risk of a sleep disorder.