Is the wrong temperature denying you a peaceful night’s rest?
Are you waking up at night because you can hardly bear the heat or cold any longer?
The average person will spend a third of their lifetime sleeping, And you have probably spent a significant amount of money creating the conducive ambiance for a peaceful night rest.
After all, you can’t afford a factor so negligible as temperature to plunder your investment.
If you’re going to sleep for one-third of your life why don’t you make it worth it?
If you wake up tired than went you went to bed; Chances have you spent half the night tossing and turning trying to find a cold or warmer part of the bed to snuggle in?
Research shows that a solid five hours of uninterrupted sleep is all one needs to get up fresh as a daisy in the morning. The conducive temperature during sleep will move you closer to achieving that. For a couple, there is no exact favorable temperature just “compromise.”.
I say compromise because the male and female bodies are designed so similar and yet so different. Confused? Read on to understand.
Understanding the stages of sleep.
Sleep primarily has five significant stages.
These are stages 1-4 which are referred to as non-R sleep followed by REM sleep.
- Stage 1: This is the light sleeping stage. During this stage, you wonder about sleeping and being awake. With a slight nudge or a sudden sound, you can easily be awakened from this stage. Eye and muscle activities start reducing the pace and comes down to a calm. Sudden muscle constrictions are also typical during this stage which usually comes before a falling sensation.
- Stage 2: In this stage, the body begins preparations for deep sleep through activities such as reducing the brain pulse waves to almost zero, complete shut down of eye movement and a reduced heart rate which is accompanied by lower body temperature.
- Stage 3- In this stage the sleeping become alive! Extremely slow-moving brain interspersed with smaller but faster-moving waves, this is the point at which one is in a deep sleep. Observable characteristics of this stage asleep talking, sleepwalking bedwetting, and other parasomnias activities.
- Stage 4: This is a stage at which when you wake up someone they feel disconnected to their environment. This is because the brain is producing delta waves that are sustaining deep sleep.
- Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage: This stage occurs about half an hour into sleep with several similar bouts throughout the night. You can experience as many as five episodes of REM in one night. It is during this stage that the brain mimics standard woke functions, this manifest in the form of dreams and although shut the eye moves rapidly concurrently with the events being imagined.
The right sleeping temperature.
As earlier mentioned when you sleep your body temperature falls down, a cool surrounding temperature is what you need for a proper night snooze.
Somewhere around 60 to 70 degrees, Fahrenheit is just about the best temp for sleeping.
The idea is to maintain a constant between the surrounding and your body.
From this, it can easily be concluded that a warm or slightly hot temperature is not appropriate for sleeping. Yes, when it’s hot you feel more prone to sleep, but chances are you will get up so dripping wet with sweat because the body struggles to achieve an equilibrium of some sort with your environment.
A baby below five years should go to sleep with no worries in a 70 degrees Fahrenheit room.
Matching the appropriate sleeping temperature for you and your partner.
Women have a lower resting metabolic rate as compared to men of the same age and weight.
What this means is that trapping a group of men in a room and setting an appropriate temperature for them and later introducing another group of women with the same number as the men having equal weight and ages as the men, the women will most certainly complain about the temperature being too cold for them.
This is all so hypothetical, let’s bring the same situation closer to you.
You and your spouse, do you always agree on the thermostat rating for a good night’s rest?
Well, I am guessing not so here’s something to help.
Setting a compromise temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit should do the trick for both but if you want to arrive at a more amicable value go for temperature value between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Both the female and male body will adapt comfortably at this range.
Try to go for cooler temperatures for both to ensure your body does its job of maintaining constant body temperature.
Your body Will lower your temperature at the start of sleep and rise gradually to a point where you have to wake up, at this point the body has had enough rest.
Maintaining room temperature at too hot levels interferes with your bodies natural core temperature and will make your night uneasy.
Once you start getting restless in bed, you will hardly get enough sleep perhaps even insomnia.
Studies reveal that lacking sleep for a period more than 36 hours can have devastating effects on your health.
Regularly lacking sleep at night might lead to sleep psychosis which is a condition where one hallucinates during the day touching and seeing things that are not there.