Overheating limits the production of melatonin, your primary sleepiness hormone. Image: Pexels
Overheating, waking up a sweaty mess, being unable to return to sleep - something you wouldn’t want for yourself, or even wish upon your worst enemy. Whether you’re a hot sleeper or not, we’ve all had those hot steamy nights where we slept barely a wink, and woke up feeling worse than when we went to bed. And with our hot Aussie summer still in full swing, rather than resolve yourself to a few months of sleeplessness, let me share with you why sleep is so difficult in the heat - and exactly what you can do.
I’m overheating: why can’t I sleep?
A few reasons here, but the most important of them all is that overheating limits the production of melatonin, your primary sleepiness hormone. As this master sleep hormone helps us fall and stay asleep, and sleep deeply; in conditions where it’s limited (e.g. overheating), this directly contributes to unrefreshing, broken sleep.
Further, when we sweat we can become itchy, and possibly even develop a heat rash - which leads us tossing and turning, feeling the need to scratch ourselves every five minutes, even in the dark hours.
Lastly, when we overheat we can become dehydrated, which increases our nighttime wakings, this time to chug down water. However, as our body temperature is excessively high, it’s likely that we will struggle to return to sleep, given that our melatonin levels will be below the norm.
When we sweat we can become itchy, and possibly even develop a heat rash - which leads us tossing and turning. Image: Pexels
I’m overheating: what can I do?
In the middle of the night, your go-to strategies should be turning on a strong fan, and switching the air con to a chilly 18 degrees. However, assuming you’ve slept through an Aussie summer or two, it’s likely you’re already doing this.
Alas, one of the most important things you can do to prevent overheating is to sleep on temperature regulating bedding, like Bambury’s Sonar Thermal Balancing range.
Rather than wait until you sweat and keep you cool, the range proactively manages heat production and balances your body temperature - so you are less likely to sweat or overheat in the first place. Enabled by it’s sophisticated OUTLAST technology, the range is clinically proven to alleviate temperature spikes in the skin which may otherwise lead to sleeplessness. Further, the technology is so advanced that it can even maintain optimal temperature for thermally incompatible partners. Yes, really!
So whether its for summer, for your partner or just to make sure you’re sorted for your best nights sleep, shop the Sonar Thermal Balancing range now.