If you feel like things have been extra hot this summer, it’s because they have! Taking into consideration daily and weekly fluctuations of temperatures, the overall global trend has been increasing temperatures. So, if you or your neighbors have feeling the heat or if you have noticed changes in your garden, then you’re not alone.
Climate scientists and meteorologists in North America have identified several climate and temperature-related trends. According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, between 1895 and 2016, “More than half of the nation has experienced warming minimum temperatures with the rate of warming exceeding 1 °F per century across large parts of the West and North”, and 'minimum (“nighttime”) temperatures are warming at a faster rate compared to maximum (“daytime”) temperatures.' Though there have been fluctuations and changes, the general trend for over 100 years of temperature measurement has been one of warming. For example, the number or frequency of heat waves in the US per year has increased from average of 2 in the 1960s to 6 in the 2010s, and the length of the heat wave season has increased by 47 days between the 1960s and 2010s.
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With the western part of the US experiencing hotter day time temperatures and the East experiencing hotter nights in the summer of 2021, this is affecting people in a number of ways. According to a study of 765,000 people in the US between 2002 and 2011, “increases in nighttime temperatures amplify self-reported nights of insufficient sleep.” Unusual increases in night-time temperatures decrease sleep quantity. If you’re ever wondered why you or family members sleep better in milder temperatures than boiling hot ones, well, now you know!
According to Sleepline, here are some of the ways that too hot or too cold sleep affects your sleep quality:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- You may wake up drenched in sweat more frequently
- There’s a decrease in REM sleep
- Decrease in deep sleep
- “Aggravation of sleep disturbances and diseases”
Too cold or too hot sleep not only affects your sleep quality and quantity, it also affects general health and can make existing conditions, like Multiple Sclerosis, worse.
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If you’re living in an area that has or is experiencing unusually hot temperatures – whether during the day or at night, there are – thankfully – things you can do to improve the amount of sleep you get and your quality of sleep, despite the heat. If the temperature is cool at night then opening the windows (and keeping a screen over them to keep mosquitos out) can cool down your house or apartment. If it’s too hot outside, then closing the windows and putting on fans or the AC can make a difference. Sleepline also recommends natural materials for bedding and pajamas, “so that your body can regulate temperature through them.”
As far as bedding goes, Bedsure has several products that can help those experiencing uncomfortably hot or warm night time temperatures to get the sleep they deserve. The following products are designed for your comfort, rest and deep sleep.
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Sheet sets can make a big difference in sleep comfort, because they are right next to your skin. The Bamboo Cooling Bedsheet Set includes a fitted bottom sheet, a top sheet and pillowcase. These bamboo bedsheets come in 8 different colors – including Light Blue, Gray, White and Purple, so you can match your sheets with your other bedding and bedroom decor. As these Bedsure sheets are made from naturally thermoregulating bamboo, they help to wick-away moisture and keep you dry and comfy all night. As an added bonus, the Bamboo Sheet Set also meet the human and ecological health requirements of Standard 100 certification from OEKO TEX, so they are great for babies and kids.
Bamboo Cooling Bedsheet Set from Bedsure
Bedsure’s Moisture-Wicking Sheet Set has a brushed microfabric that not only moves away moisture, it also is fade resistant and anti-pilling for long-lasting comfort and freedom from time-wasting bedding maintenance. Also, for those who like a decorative sheet set this one also works well, as the pillow edges and top-sheet edge has pintucked folding, which has been carefully stitched together. This creates a decorative affect through having parallel lines across edges of the fabric, sprucing up a bedroom.
Moisture-Wicking Sheet Set from Bedsure
For those who already have comfortable sheets yet wake up with a sweaty head and a damp pillow, Bedsure’s Cooling Pillowcases can work wonders. The product features Bedsure’s innovative cool-touch fabric, which is cool on the skin and smooth. Featuring envelope-closure and blue or khaki colors, these pillowcases will stay in place and provide coolness, comfort and style to a hot bedroom.
Cooling Pillowcases from Bedsure
For a silky-smooth pillow experience without any animal by-products, Bedsure's Bamboo Rayon Pillowcases work well. They are soft, smooth and breathable.
Bamboo Rayon Pillowcases from Bedsure
Featuring the same innovative cool-touch technology as Bedsure’s Cooling Pillowcases, the Cooling Blanket provides you with versatility and comfort. Unique to Bedsure’s Cooling Blanket is that is reversible: On one side, nylon and polyester provides coolness on hot nights, while the cotton side is warmer for those cool or cold nights. Both fabrics are soft and smooth against skin. As a cherry on top, the cotton fabric in Bedsure’s Cooling Blanket has met the requirements of Standard 100 from OEKO TEX, meaning that this fabric is harmless for human health.
Cooling Blanket from Bedsure
All in all, there are many ways to protect you and your loved ones from the heat and stay comfortable and cool – whether that is relaxing on the coach with a Cooling Blanket on a hot evening after work, or snuggling up and cooling down with Bamboo Bedsheets at night. These Bedsure products can ensure you rest well and sleep deep, no matter how hot it gets.
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