At The Fine Bedding Company, we believe that with seasonal changes we need to have some lifestyle adjustments. However, a good, regular sleep schedule, on the other hand, should never change. Further study is needed, although studies reveal that sleep is longer in the winter and shorter in the summer due to increasing day length and temperature in the warmer months. This article will discuss the key ways that the changing of the seasons affects our sleep and how your bedding can help with this.
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Why Is Sleep Essential For Good Health?
Sleep is essential for good health, mood, cognitive function, and social life. Considering the significance of sleep, several sleep-related variables have been found, including (but not limited to) mood, personality, sleep quality, and demographic information such as age, gender, and income.
Circadian processes, or 24-hour cycles, regulate sleep behaviour. Internal timekeeping cells are used by circadian systems. These "clock cells" synchronise with the environment via "time clues" such as light and ambient temperature and act as a circadian pacemaker to coordinate other circadian responses to optimise to the environment, for example, in humans to promote sleep when it is dark and to be awake when it is light, to be asleep at the lowest point of core body temperature, and/or to avoid ambient temperature extremes that can impair sleep. To help with sleep control and waking cycles, the circadian pacemaker modulates body temperature and melatonin, a hormone that promotes and supports sleep.
Sleep In Lower Temperatures
When it comes to sleeping, one of the most crucial aspects is the temperature environment surrounding you. The temperature in your home has an impact on the quality of your REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. The bedding you use can have an impact on your quality of sleep, the tog of the duvet and type play a big part.
A spundown quality duvet as well as a heavyweight duvet can offer you ultimate comfort which can create a comfortable bedtime experience to fall asleep when changes of environment and temperature occur. A temperature regulating duvet will help offer you the right temperature you need to drift off and stay in slumberland. Also sleeping in the same bed as a partner can increase the temperature simply because of their body heat, so it may be worthwhile to consider separate duvets.
According to sleep specialists, temperatures ranging from 15.6 to 19.4 degrees Celsius are ideal for a good night's sleep. This temperature window guarantees that your core temperature does not rise much while you sleep, as an increase in body heat can occasionally cause the body to wake up. Cooler interior temperatures are obviously more doable during the winter when it is colder outdoors. If these low temperatures are too cold, our temperature control duvet may assist in managing the temperature so your sleep isn't disrupted in the winter or summer.
Get Outside To Avoid Sunlight Deprivation
Your circadian rhythms are altered whenever your exposure to sunshine is limited. Circadian rhythms are 24-hour cycles of mental, bodily, and behavioural changes. They serve as your internal clock, controlling how awake or drowsy you are. When it comes to your sleeping habits, the shorter shifts of the sun have two effects: You spend less time in the sun, the most natural source of vitamin D, and your melatonin levels rise as a result of the lack of light. Melatonin is a hormone produced by your brain in reaction to darkness that aids in the timing of your circadian cycles.
You may feel abnormally tired or sluggish in the early evening when your brain generates more of this hormone. According to research, vitamin D insufficiency is linked to an increased risk of sleep problems and correlates to less hours of sleep as well as a more disturbed overall night's sleep. To compensate for the lack of sunshine, spend time in the sun in the mornings and afternoons. If you don't have time to go for a stroll throughout the day, consider putting up your home office near a window.
Five Additional Ways to Help You Sleep Better With Seasonal Changes
- Keep yourself physically active.
- Increase your intake of vegetables and fruits, and avoid eating large meals late at night.
- Take a warm bath a couple of hours before bed to cool down your body and skin.
- During weekends, stick to the same sleeping routine.
- Buy breathable bedding and smart temperature bedding.
- Sleep with a silk eye mask to ensure you are in ultimate darkness.