Do you have issues sleeping through the night? Do you find yourself awaking and feeling as though you've only slept for a couple of hours? It has happened to the majority of us. Sleep deprivation sucks, and it can actually be really harmful for the body. If you don't know where to begin to manage your sleep cycles, start with room temperature. The temperature of your room plays a big role in how much sleep you could be getting.
The appropriate sleep temperature varies between 60°F and 67°F, depending on your preference. This is because our body temperatures actually fall in order for us to go to sleep. When the temperature in a room is lower, this aids the body in initiating sleep quicker. The University of South Australia suggests that sleeping in a cool room equals a better night's sleep and can help cure insomnia.
So, why is it so important to be getting a good night's rest? For starters, the body produces the hormone, melatonin, which is not only how the body naturally initiates sleep but it is also responsible for antiaging (beauty rest is real!). Melatonin is commonly produced by the pineal gland between 10 o'clock p.m. and 5 o'clock a.m. A hot environment promotes wakefulness, keeping your body from efficiently producing this sleep hormone. This can lead to sleep deprivation; when the body hasn't been getting the proper amount of rest.
Sleep deprivation is a leading cause of heart disease, depression, diabetes, obesity and interrupts cognitive function. Improved sleep can have a positive impact on blood sugar control which can improve diabetes symptoms. Also, when the body is in deep sleep, more calories are burned to sustain vital body functions. When we get an adequate amount of rest, it can improve memory, reduce inflammation (which leads to heart disease, premature aging and stroke) and lower stress.
Fun Fact: Did you know that your pillow could be causing your neck and back aches? Pillows that are not firm, do not provide the proper support our heads and necks need. If you can't find a firm enough pillow, try to just go without one - the results will be surprising.
The National Sleep Foundation states that healthy sleep is when an adult sleeps continuously for about 7 to 8 hours, wakes feeling refreshed and also feels alert and productive throughout the day. So, always remember that quiet, cool and dark equals better rest and better health. And sleeping naked holds it's own advantages!
**This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or disease. Also, seek the professional advice of a licensed medical professional before taking any advice listed here.