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Us humans spend about one third of our lives sleeping. On average, that means a human being will spend a whopping 27 years of their life asleep.
Granted, this includes the hours and hours we spent sleeping as infants and teenagers, but still, sleep is crucial for our brains and bodies to be able to function properly whether your 5 years old, or 50.
Love them as we may, these light, hot summer nights are driving our body clocks crazy. Given that scientists stated the perfect sleeping temperature is between 15- 20◦C, it’s no wonder we have bags under our eyes to complement our tans. Regardless whether you’re too hot under a thin sheet in the height of summer or freezing cold cosied up with a hot water bottle and an 18 tog duvet in the depths of December, you’ll want to create the perfect environment to ensure you can catch as many Z’s as possible.
As mentioned, the recommended bedroom temperature is said to be around 15- 20◦C degrees. This might seem quite cold initially, but given the fairly universal love of the cold side of the pillow, it’s hardly a surprise that cooler is better when it comes to the perfect sleeping temperature.
During these hot summer months, sleepless nights full of tossing and turning in boiling hot sheets may feel like a regular occurrence. So, how can you cool your room down? Keeping your blinds closed during the day, and opening them for a couple of hours before you go to sleep will keep your room shaded throughout the hottest parts of the day, but allow a breeze to flow through once it has cooled down outside. Ensure you open as many windows and doors as possible to keep air circulating around the house. If the noise isn’t too loud, considering turning on the bathroom and kitchen fans as these are designed to draw hot air out of the house.
Considering electricity was only discovered in 1879, most of human history has been spent in relative darkness. With the exception of the warm hues emitted from the moon and firelight, our bodies have adapted over several thousand years to exist in relative darkness. Nowadays, street lights, alarm clocks, mobile phones etc, all give off artificial, blue tinted light that can affect our sleep.
We know you still need to get up in the morning, but placing alarm clocks with glowing numbers downwards, or against a wall will help keep some of the harsh blue light out of the room. Keep blinds or curtains closed to block outside light from street lamps, or invest in some blackout blinds that will be sure to keep your room as dark as possible.
Not only do house plants instantly make a room feel brighter and more sophisticated, they also have great benefits for your sleep. Study after study has demonstrated the positive effects that house plants can have in soothing anxiety and calming stress levels, all the while oxidising the room and getting rid of bad odours or pollution.
Have a wander around a garden centre and find yourself some sleep-time shrubberies. Our top 3 are below
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