The Surprising Effects of Temperature on Sleep

Have you ever been lying awake at night unable to get to sleep?
Well temperature just might be the hidden culprit keeping you up at night.

Sometimes you just know that it’s too hot, like on those hot summer nights spent tossing and turning or if your partner is a blanket-stealer and you’re left shivering all night. What you might not realise is that even less dramatic temperature changes can disrupt your precious sleep.

So how does temperature affect sleep and what can we do?

Research shows us that a drop in your internal temperature is actually part of the body’s signals to your brain that it’s time for sleep, so a cooler bedroom is generally better for getting to sleep.  In fact around 16-18 degrees Celsius is the recommended room temp.

There have been scientific studies into the connection between warmer core body temperatures and insomnia.  When it’s too warm your REM sleep (the good stuff) can be disrupted.  

Girl sleeping peacefully on mattress

Benefits of sleeping in a cooler room

There’s other benefits to sleeping in a cooler room; some studies have linked cooler sleeping temperatures with increased metabolism (how our bodies store and burn fat).   

It also helps your body regulate melatonin (a super helpful anti-ageing hormone!) which in turn encourages our body to sleep.

How to stay cool

Ideally your bedroom should be cool, dark, and quiet – think of it as your own little hibernation cave.

Your mattress might actually be part of the temperature problem, some mattresses can trap heat causing you to wake up hot and bothered.  

Our Zeek Mattresses are designed right here in Australia by a bunch of sleep obsessed Aussies,  specifically for our hot climate. Clever air foam combined with a breathable Tencel cover helps regulate your body temp and keep you cool all night long!

Don't forget about your pillow

Your brain also likes it cool, so a cooling pillow can make all the difference to maintaining your ideal temperature. If you're a little bit of a hot head, then our Ice Pillow is just for you.

Changes in temperature aren't the only cause of sleep disruption and insomnia. Research also highlights other conditions that can disrupt your sleep. If you are struggling with ongoing or chronic sleep issues we recommend chatting to your GP or seeking specialised medical advice.  

The Original Mattress

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The Hybrid mattress is a combo of springs and foam and is the perfect choice for those after something a lil more plush. Listed in the top Aussie mattress in a box choices for 2021 and as the best mattress for side sleepers by BedBuyer!