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.