Is sleeping in the cold better for you and your sleep?

Christmas is almost here and with the festive season comes lower temperatures and the chance to improve your sleep – but how? Well, the answer is quite surprising, and it’s all to do with your core body temperature.

Your internal temperature rises and falls throughout the day, with peaks in the early afternoon and lows at around 5am. In fact, about an hour or so before you go to bed, your core body temperature starts to drop, prompting feelings of drowsiness.

Dr Christopher Winter – yes, that really is his name – agrees that cooler temperatures are better for your shut-eye and recommends sleeping in a room where the ambient temperature is somewhere between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius. Any warmer or cooler and your body has to start regulating your temperature, which takes energy and impedes your sleep.

To make sure you’re taking full advantage of the cooler weather this time of year, try out some of these neat tricks for staying cool at night:

  • Sleep naked – before you hit the hay, consider going to bed in just your birthday suit. Fewer layers will mean less insulation, so your body won’t have to work so hard to stay cool.
  • Crack open the window – leaving the window ever so slightly ajar will promote a gentle circulation of cooler air around your bedroom. Sleeping at lower temperatures has also been linked to melatonin production, a great anti-ageing hormone – now that’s what we call beauty sleep!
  • Opt for Geltex or latex memory foam mattresses are very supportive and have lots of orthopaedic benefits, but they do tend to overheat. If you want to buy a mattress that feels like memory foam but delivers a cooler night’s sleep then choosing a Geltex or latex mattress may be the best option for you.
  • Natural fibres – natural fibres like cotton and wool effectively wick away moisture, keeping you cool and dry as you sleep. There are loads of natural mattresses on the Mattressman website that are full of organic fillings and will have you sleeping more comfortably in no time at all – the same goes for our bedding and pillows!

There are lots of things to consider when creating the perfect sleeping environment, but hopefully you’ll appreciate after reading this blog that staying super toasty just isn’t one of them. Keep your bedroom well ventilated, cool, and dry, and you’ll sleep soundly. That’s a promise!

Sleep well!

James Murray

James Murray

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