Here’s what can be done to help you get a good night’s sleep during a heatwave, according to GQ.
Although our body temperature never fluctuates far from our average 37C, it does change slightly throughout the day and night. Typically our core body temperature decreases just before bedtime and this dip coincides with us falling asleep. Mess with our body temperature and you can mess with our sleep too. Because of this, adults are typically recommended to sleep in environments that are between 16-19C – which is not always possible during a heatwave.
The recent uncharacteristically good weather in the UK might have brought a memorable balmy summer, but the downside is that many of us have also struggled with restless nights. The link between temperature and sleep is well established in scientific studies, too, and one report of more than 750,000 participants found that above-average temperature at night was associated with poorer self-reports of insufficient sleep.