Getting a good night’s sleep doesn’t just make you feel better in the morning, it will set you up for success throughout the day in many ways—some you can quantify and some are more abstract. Most adults require seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Too much stimulation during waking hours, especially right before bed—can impact your ability to get a solid night of rest. In turn, this tends to make people irritable, causes a lack of concentration, and can affect performance during work, recreation, and other day-to-day activities.
Sleep not only improves mood, and increases energy and productivity, but it has benefits at a cellular level as well. Sleep allows the human body to grow muscle, synthesize hormones, and repair tissues. It also helps solidify memories from the massive amount of information we take in throughout the day.
There are many ways to help yourself get a good night’s rest, including leaving your phone outside of the room and limiting pre-bed screentime. Setting a sleep/wake schedule, and avoiding caffeine and other stimulants later in the day can help as well. But a factor that many people don’t consider is their body temperature overnight. This often-ignored element in achieving a good night of rest better allows your body to recover on a micro and macro level.
Even though humans are endotherms—able to regulate body temperature—sometimes your environment impacts your microclimate enough that it overpowers your ability to sustain a comfortable core temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius. This is when you start to overheat or get cold enough to disrupt your sleep cycle.
When your body leaves its comfort range, it makes it harder for natural, automatic functions to continue their unseen processes. This, in turn, hinders its ability to stay in a restful state. Think about it: You’ve had those nights where you wake up too hot or too cold. When the outside temperature isn’t right, your internal thermostat is working overtime, and the length and quality of your sleep cycle will suffer. Apart from the discomfort, it’s also often difficult to go back to sleep.
There are a few ways to combat temperature fluctuations, including setting the thermostat to a comfortable level and allowing fresh air to vent through the room. The bedding that you choose can help or hinder this process as well. Mattresses and bedding that don’t breathe well will cause your body to settle at too high of a temperature, which can cause sweat and moisture buildup. Choose bedding created with 37.5 Technology, which helps regulate your internal temperature. This will help your body stay at the optimal core temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius, and the optimal relative humidity level of 37.5 percent.
Bedding made with 37.5 Technology offers overnight help in regulating your body temperature throughout sleep. Particles permanently embedded within the fibers of the bedding help capture and release moisture vapor, which in turn prevents liquid sweat from building up. Conversely, when you’re cold, the particles trap body heat to help warm you up.
Here are a few products to help your microclimate stay at the optimal conditions for a successful night’s sleep.
Sleep Number True Temp Sheets: These sheets work hard so you don’t have to, continuously adapting throughout the night to help regulate your microclimate.
SleepSmart 37.5 Basketweave Blanket: Regulating your temperature isn’t just for next-to-skin bedding. This blanket is embedded with the same 37.5 active particles to help keep your temperature at its ideal level for rest.
SleepSmart Pillowcases: Head-to-toe comfort means you want your pillowcases to help keep you perfectly comfortable. These 300-thread-count, Fair-Trade certified pillowcases are your answer, made with 80 percent cotton and 20 percent high-tech 37.5 yarn.
Novaform LURAcor Support 3” Foam Mattress Topper: Not only does a mattress pad extend the life of your mattress and provide extra cushioning, a 37.5 model works with your body to determine whether it needs more or less warmth.
When you get a good night’s sleep, everything seems better. Take advantage of these products and you’ll quickly find out what a difference they can make.
Written by Matcha for 37.5.
Featured image provided by Priscilla Du Preez