8/10/2011 3:30 PM ET |
Filed under: Health
Ever wonder why it's harder to sleep when it's hot in your room than when it's not?
There's actually a scientific reason for it, and it isn't just because it's uncomfortable to lie there in a layer of your own sweat.
"Sleep is associated with a steady decline in our core body temperature. It should reach its lowest point approximately three hours before we wake.
Therefore, when we are overheated and this natural temperature drop is impeded, then sleep is disrupted."
Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to help this.
Easily enough, just take a cool shower. It's less about the temperature of the shower, and more about the cooling process as the water evaporates off your skin.
Take it right before bed!
Another cool but odd option would be to get one of those bubbling waterfall machines (with actual water) because it turns out that just the sound of running water makes people feel cooler!
Other than that, get some AC up in that piece! Ha!
[Image via AP Images.]
Tags: body, comfort, hot, natural, room, scientific, sleep, sweat, temperature