What Happens to the Body While You Sleep?As you begin to fall asleep, your body isregulating its temperature to ensure a deep slumber. Don‚Äôt count your brain out! It‚Äôs constantly working to reach a pinnacle rapid eye movement, or REM sleep. Because the brain is focused on this task, it relies on the body to release heat and lower in temperature. The internal temperature of your body begins to decrease from its average of 98.6 degrees, and as it decreases, you‚Äôll begin to feel tired, and ready for sleep. If you and your partner can‚Äôt seem to cool off enough before bed try:
- Drinking a glass of cold water
- Taking a warm bath about an hour before bed. This seems contradictory, but the water on your skin begins to evaporate as you step out of the tub. This effectively cools the body, similar to how your body sweats to cool itself.
- Wearing your favorite breathable SHEEX performance sleepwear
The Battle of the ThermostatYou swear it‚Äôs better to sleep in the colder temperatures. Your partner begs to differ and is convinced that sleeping ¬†in warmer temperatures is ideal. So, which of you is right? Well, it is all according to preferences in temperature. Most people find thatsleeping in a colder rooms brings an easier and more efficient drowsy feeling to help you fall asleep faster. The lower the temperature, the easier your internal body temperature declines causing you to fall asleep. If sleeping in a frigid temperature is not appaling for both parties, then you could reach a happy medium by adding blankets for balanced comfort. If you and your partner find compromise at a higher room temperature, then sleeping in breathable bedding will help transfer body heat away from you more effectively than traditional cotton to promote body temperature regulation.
Temperature PreferencesMore often than not, one partner runs colder than the other. Here are a few tips depending on who‚Äôs hot vs. who‚Äôs cold:
You Run Cold
- Sleep farther from a window
- Wear pajamas like flannel or wool
- Sleep under¬†fleece sheets
You Run Hot
- Sleep next to a fan
- Wear a more breathable fabric to allow air flow
- Sleep in bedding breathes and/or utilizes cooling technology