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Cool it Down


Do you suffer from night sweats? It’s a common problem for many of us. Your body temperature fluctuates throughout the day in accordance to your activity, which is why you may have noticed that chill in the air at the end of the day – that is your body’s way of telling you that it’s time for bed. Your body temperature is at its lowest when you’re asleep… so why are you waking up with night sweats? During REM (rapid eye movement) sleep your brain’s temperature-regulating cells switch off leaving your body temperature at the mercy of your sleep environment. Following these best practices will help you snooze without the sweat…

Your Room || Think of your bedroom as a cave. At nightfall the ideal room temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Lighting is also a major contributor to your quality of sleep. Sometimes even the dimmest of lights can affect how soundly you sleep so it’s best to ensure that your bedroom is as dark as possible.

Your Mattress || Your mattress could be the culprit causing your night sweats since some mattresses retain more heat than others. If your mattress is one of them then consider investing in a mattress with cooling technology. These mattresses are comprised of materials that draw heat away from your body and some mattresses even have fans built in! If this isn’t an option for you right now then consider purchasing an electric mattress pad. This is a great option for couples that have different sleeping needs as there are two zones that can be heated or cooled.

Additional Tips || Use 100% bamboo or Tencel sheets as they are moisture-wicking fabrics. Take a bath 60-90 minutes before bed. When you get out of the bath, your body temperature will automatically cool down as the water evaporates from your skin setting the stage for a great night sleep.


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