How changing weather affects our sleep

The change in weather doesn’t only influence environmental conditions but has a great impact on our sleeping pattern too. As our body prepares to fall asleep, the internal temperature dips and stays on a lower side for a few hours before we wake up. Let’s discuss how different weather conditions impact our sleeping pattern.

How hot and humid weather affects our sleep?

Hot and sticky weather prevents our body from getting a deep sleep. The humidity in the atmosphere impacts the hormones required for a sound sleep. Excess heat and humid weather make it difficult to evaporate moisture from the body, making us feel hot and uncomfortable while sleeping.

This is not the only issue in hot and humid weather. High humidity can also encourage mould growth, which may affect our sleeping patterns if we get infected from mould allergies.

A few tips…

Keep your room well ventilated.

Avoid eating close to bedtime as this may impact digestion and increases body temperature.

Wear loose clothes and prefer lightweight and natural fibre linen for sleeping.

How cold weather impacts our sleeping pattern?

Studies suggest that cold weather supports the body’s natural sleeping process. As the ideal room temperature for sleeping is between 15 to 22 degree celsius, cold weather helps in maintaining this optimal room temperature. But if the temperature gets too low or above this range it can cause restlessness.

Some tips…

In winter, taking a bath with lukewarm water, one or two hours before sleeping helps in maintaining ideal body temperature required for sleep.

If the weather is too cold, extra layers of quilts can help in getting a sound sleep.

Do you know weather changes can be painful!

The weather conditions like temperature and humidity can trigger chronic pain. People with joint and body pain are more vulnerable to changing climatic changes. Their sleep gets disturbed and may make their condition worse.

According to a study at Tufts University and a Dutch study, cold weather and increased atmospheric pressure are also related to arthritis pain.

Decreased atmospheric pressure, extreme temperatures and humidity are associated with increased migraines issues.

The triggered illnesses and pains contribute to disturbed sleeping patterns.