Sleeping cool & thermoregulation

Do you regularly wake up sweaty? Perhaps your living room fan has become a permanent bedside fixture. Maybe you've been making more nighttime trips to the thermostat. Room temperature and sleeping on the wrong mattress may also be the culprits. All the more reasons to find cooling mattresses in California, right?

Did you know that there are factors that can affect thermoregulation? Wait ... Thermo what? Here's what you need to know.

What is thermoregulation?

Thermoregulation is your body's ability to maintain stable core temperature. Your cells operate optimally when your internal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 degrees Celsius. Your body has natural responses to temperature spikes that help regulate core temperature. For instance, when temperatures rise, your brain sends messages to your blood vessels to dilate. This releases sweat through your pores. The blood carried by your blood vessels to your skin gives off heat, which vaporizes moisture and cools you down. 

The advantages of sleeping cool 

Did you know that the ideal room temperature for optimal sleeping comfort is 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit? Anything higher than 75 degrees Fahrenheit can make you feel uncomfortable and interrupt those precious Z's. However, waking up refreshed after a full, uninterrupted night's rest is not the only reason why you should sleep cool. 

Disrupted sleep can also increase anxiety, which in turn produces cortisol. Excess cortisol may also lead to weight gain, impaired cognition, and decreased thyroid function, which makes sleeping cool all the more critical.

If discomfort from a warm mattress surface is keeping you up every night, a mattress that is cool to the touch can make a significant difference in your ability to fall asleep faster. If this is you, you can always test a KUHL temperature regulating mattress at any Jerome's Furniture store.