Surviving Summer Nights
Surviving Summer Nights
Warmer weather and longer days can mean less restful sleep. Here are some tips from The Sleep council on how you can help yourself get a good night's sleep.
1 - Temperature the ideal temperature for your bedroom should be between 16-18c - in order to sleep well the body temperature needs to drop by about 1/2 a degree, this normally happens between 2-3 am and is called the temperature nadir ( the lowest point of your core temperature reached during the night) To lose this body heat there must be a difference in the temperature of the room and our bodies, a cooler room will absorb the heat we need to lose , whilst a warm room may not, which will lead to unsettled sleep
2- Windows Don't sleep with the windows open- it may actually be cooler inside than out particularly if there is no breeze, It may also let in biting nosy insects, something else to keep you awake
3 Curtains Keep your bedroom curtains closed during the day this will stop the sun heating your room
4- Duvet Invest in a summer lighter tog duvet, and wear bed clothes made from natural fibres
5- Fans Fans are great in the bedroom, but locate it close to your head as the face and head are wear we lose most of our body heat when in bed, as the heart priorities the blood supply to the brain
6- Food Don't eat a heavy meal before bed, as your body processes food, your temperature rises as your body burns calories, High fat food and alcohol are harder to digest so try to avoid these for at least 3 hours before sleeping
7- Exercise Regular exercise is fantastic but allow time for your body to cool properly before going to bed, exercise will raise your body temperature for at least 4 hours by 2 degrees
8 -Drink Keep hydrated during the day with plenty of non alcoholic drinks, which will help regulate your body temperature
9 - Showers Don't be tempted by a cold shower before bed this will in actual fact have the reverse effect, A cold shower only cools down the surface of the body not the core, so your body reacts by retaining heat so you will actually warm up - conversely a hot shower works in reserve, your body will work to shift the heat cooling you down ready for sleep
10- Feet Don't stick your feet out of the covers! cols hands and feet are associated with sleeplessness, your feet can be cold when the rest of you is warm as blood has further to go to get to them so you will lose very little heat from your feet.