Month: June 2022

Tips for Sleeping in the Heat

Tips for Sleeping in the Heat

Perhaps you’re familiar with this scenario: It’s late, you’re tossing and turning in bed, and no matter what, you simply can’t fall asleep. 

The problem? It’s far too hot. 

Humans have an ideal temperature for sleep, but when the weather isn’t cooperating and you can’t leave the AC running all night, what do you do? 

When you’re sleep deprived, cognitive performance drops, memory suffers, and you can struggle to stay focused. Eventually, even long-term memory can be affected.

Why is it hard to sleep in the heat?

The ideal temperature for a good night’s sleep is about 65°F (18.3 °C), give or take several degrees. Our body naturally drop in temperature during slumber, and it’s important to maintain the right sleeping environment so you can rest well all week long!

When it’s too hot, you’re more likely to toss and turn, which disrupts your sleep.

Before you go to sleep naturally, your body produces a hormone called melatonin which causes a drop in core body temperature that is needed for sleep.

This is why people sleep more during winter, as the nights are longer and cooler — meaning it’s easier for your body to reach a comfortable sleeping temperature.

Posted by m6beds in Bed Care, Bed Cleaning Tips, Bedroom Furniturre, Bedroom Layout, Better Night’s Sleep, Choose Your Perfect Mattress, Choosing The Right Mattress, Choosing the right pillows, Improve Sleep Patterns, Investing in a Bed, M6 Beds, Mattress Type, Mattresses
How to get the rest you need

How to get the rest you need

With increased daylight hours messing with your circadian rhythm, higher temps keeping you awake, and socializing affecting the quality of your sleep, it may feel like you’re fighting a losing battle. 

Don’t despair! There are ways you can get the rest you need during the longer summer days. 

You can start with the following tips.

Keep a consistent schedule

It’s important to go to bed on time and get up on time but it is also important to be realistic.

Decrease your exposure to light during the day

Decreasing your exposure to light, especially in the evening hours, can help your body prepare for sleep.

During the day, keep the curtains shut, in the evening, open the windows so as to create a breeze to cool the room.

Keep your nighttime temperature low

Keeping your space ventilated may improve sleep quality, Prop open a window or door, or use a fan.

Learn how to relax

If you learn how to relax on repeat, you can easily calm your system at night and fall asleep no matter what the season is doing. Find quiet ‘me times,’ even if it’s a few minutes here and there, to collect your thoughts.

It’s so important that we take the time to be able to regroup, calibrate, and de-stress during the day so we aren’t overloaded by the time our head hits the pillow.

Darken your room before bed

As the sun sets, our body clock signals that it’s time to sleep with melatonin release. As this chemical is secreted in response only at night-time and when there are no artificial lights or waves interference on its production; as soon as evening comes around – boom! You’re good for another hour of shut eye (or however long until your usual bedtime).

Use lightweight fabrics

If it’s higher temperatures that are bothering you, wear lightweight pajamas and using think bed sheets that wick away moisture.

Posted by m6beds in Deep Sleep, Hot Weather Sleep Hacks, Improve Sleep Patterns, M6 Beds, Sleep Better, Sleep Cycle, Sleep Distruption, Sleep Patterns, Sleep Problems, Sleep Quality, Summer Bedroom, Summer Sleeping
Long Summer Days Affecting Your Sleep?

Long Summer Days Affecting Your Sleep?

It’s hard to sleep when the sun is high. Try these tips to rest easy.

Why is it harder to sleep in the summer?

Researchers found that waking times were earlier in the summer, while sleep issues such as insomnia and fatigue were less common in winter (although people can still have sleep issues in winter). 

Here are some reasons you may not be sleeping as well during summer.

Increased daylight hours

With the long days and high temperatures, it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep.

Your body clock, which is located in your brain, uses light and darkness as signals for day and night. The longer we ‘see’ light, the longer the body clock will tell the body it’s daytime and it needs to stay awake.

Delayed melatonin release

As the sun sets, our body clock signals that it’s time to sleep with melatonin release. As this chemical is secreted in response only at night-time and when there are no artificial lights or waves interference on its production; as soon as evening comes around – boom! You’re good for another hour of shut eye (or however long until your usual bedtime).

Stress

Sleep may be further disrupted if you’re stressed or have a lot on your mind. Hormones and chemicals play a huge role in our ability to maintain balance and homeostasis.

For example, the hormonal changes of menopause or the adrenal and chemical imbalances from anxiety and stress “will have a huge impact on our ability to release melatonin effectively and ultimately switch off.

Lifestyle factors

Lifestyle factors may also be at play. Because the days are longer, we generally do more, and also find our socializing increases. With the summertime lifestyle being more social, we may find we’re eating later and drinking more alcohol.

Higher temperatures

Combined with longer daylight hours, higher temperatures can also play a part in disrupting sleep. 

When we’re too warm, our body moves out of the relaxed state and very subtly moves into a heightened state of awareness.

Posted by m6beds in Alcohol and Sleep, Bed Buying Tips, Bedroom, Bedroom Furniturre, Improve Sleep Patterns, Insomnia, M6 Beds, Mattress Care, Mattress Type, Sleep, Sleep Better, Sleep Cycle, Sleep Disorders, Sleep Distruption, Sleep Patterns, Sleep Problems, Sleep Quality