Your Environment Is Important To Good Sleep

Although a good mattress plays a key role in the quality of your sleep, did you know that there are other elements that might be affecting your sleep, and that they have to do with every one of your senses?

In this week’s blog post, we are going to talk about touch and how temperature can affect your sleep in ways you may not have been aware of.

Temperature

Temperature is a sensation in the body that is related to touch because of how we feel the temperature of our environment.

Did you know that the optimal sleeping temperature is around 65° F?

Have you noticed that your body temperature drops when you get tired, or rises when you are excited or energetic? Many studies have shown that our body temperatures fluctuate throughout the day. This process is called thermoregulation, and it has a very profound effect on the quality of your sleep. In fact, certain forms of insomnia are linked to the inability to properly regulate body temperature.

Night Sweats and Shivering

During the night, your body relies on thermoregulation to keep your temperature in a healthy range.Chart of body temperature fluxuations

If your body is going through a constant up-and-down cycle of heating and cooling, it can greatly disrupt your sleeping patterns.

Some things that can cause overheating during your sleep are:

  • excessive blankets
  • pajamas that are too warm
  • too much humidity in the room
  • air temperature that is too warm

When you overheat, you sweat, which then leads to damp and uncomfortable sleeping conditions.

If you are too cool, your body shivers, causing your muscles to contract and expand rapidly in order to create heat.

So as you can see, a mattress is only one component of a good night’s rest. We want you not only to have the perfect mattress, but to have a great night’s sleep.

Find a bed that makes you feel good,

Scott