If you had to pick two words to describe the most relaxing bed that you can imagine, what would you choose? Read on to see what the two best words to describe the ideal bed are – and if you’re right!
Everyone looks forward to cuddling down into the soft fluffiness of the bed at the end of the day. It’s a time-honoured way to release stress and enjoy some down-time. Yet while a “fluffy and comfy” bed feels great, the two must-have qualities for a completely relaxing bed – “cool and dry” – are often overlooked.
Stay “Cool & Dry” For Optimal Sleep
Consider this situation: it’s a typical night, and you are trying to fall asleep. The windows are open, the ceiling fan turned on, and you’ve followed your sleep routine to the T – yet you still find yourself tossing and turning, sticking your feet out of your bed or removing your socks to cool down. At the same time, you’re worried about not performing well in an exam or at work tomorrow because you haven’t slept well enough.
The reason for this is that your bed (and to some extent the rest of the sleeping environment) is not completely optimised to be the most relaxing it can be. According to an important study published in the International Journal of Dermatology by Molloy et. al, overheating in bed causes “conscious diurnal and unconscious nocturnal stress,” which “can only be addressed by avoiding exposure to excessively warm clothing and ambient temperatures while awake and during sleep.”
Side-Effects of Overheating in Bed
What’s more, a look at the research in the field makes clear that there is a whole range of side-effects of sleeping too hot, such as skin problems. As Dr. Tom Gavranic – a medical practitioner with decades of experiences – explains, most people with overheating problems cannot sleep very well and complain of frequent sleep interruptions as well as feeling groggy in the morning. This is probably the direct result of reduced REM sleep. What’s more, the most visible (and frustrating) effect of a hot bed is the resulting excessive body moisture, especially the head and neck area, which act as heat sinks.
Since overheating in bed can be responsible for several health side-effects, it makes sense to try and keep the bed as cool as possible in order to enjoy that dry and relaxing effect.
Why a “Cool and Dry” Bed Improves Your Sleep
As shown in the report linked above and other research, the ideal bed should have a stable, lower level of temperature as a way to avoid health complications in the long term. Here are some of the benefits of a cool and dry bed:
- Stop waking up in the middle of the night feeling too hot and sweaty.
- Avoid excessive body moisture, known as a major cause for interrupting sleep.
- Get more out of sleep, wake up full of energy, and make most of next day
- Rest easy the full night and get more of the all-important REM pattern sleep
- Minimise the risk of skin disorders, and other health side-effects
- Sleeping dry at night helps keep your skin soft and smooth
According to the report linked above, warmth and heat can be physically addictive, so people continue to seek this in their bed without knowing better. Most often, overheating at night can be drastically reduced by switching to a temperature regulating duvet. While it takes some time to break away from habit, seeking natural bedding for a cool and dry bed instead of using traditional feather bedding will actually result in a much-improved sleep experience, devoid of the uncomfortable tossing and turning that contributes directly to everyday stress.
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About the Author:
Neville Bezzina is the resident blogger with the sleep passionate team at NordicComfort®, the healthy washable duvet brand with the revolutionary SilkFX™ filling technology