It’s summer, the fan’s on and the hot oven-like air is circulating in your stuffy room. You can’t seem to fall asleep. Sound familiar?
Temperature impacts not only how fast we fall asleep, but the quality of our sleep too.
In preparation for sleep, your body naturally decreases its body temperature. This decrease in temperature that our body does is mostly so we can conserve energy, but also, it’s simply more cosy right?
It is better if you aren’t too warm as being too hot causes your body to not smoothly slip into REM deep sleep, which is the process in which your brain repairs itself.
To help our body fall asleep faster, it is best to help our body cool down faster and begin this restoration process. It is recommended to do so by focusing on our ambient temperature, that is, cooling down our room. Try opening a window, or setting the air con to a cooler setting half an hour before sleeping. However, be mindful, everyone has their own preferences, see what works for you.