It’s finally summer! Which entails enjoyable, sunlight, and nighttimes of melting into your sheets.
Long nights of trying to find the cool back of your pillow might be more common in the future.
A paper published on March 25, 2017, in the magazine Science Advances found that climate change, in addition to affecting just about every other facet of life, might keep us up at night too.
The investigates find two things: 1. Yes, it sucks to sleep in hot weather, and 2. We better get are applied to it.
As we lie down for the darknes, our internal body temperatures fall. This is a natural part of falling asleep. If it’s too warm out, our torsoes struggle to cool down, which can reach sleep harder.
The researchers equated self-reported CDC data regarding 765,000 U.S. inhabitants with weather data and climate simulates. They found that growing the temperature one degree Celsius would disrupt 110 million nights of sleep each year in the United States.
Mapped out, the effects would hit hardest in the western and northern United States, especially around Wyoming, Minnesota, and north New York.
Luckily, there are things you can do to was better sleep, both today and in the future.
If you’re already sweating, there are ways to stay cool at night. The air conditioner is an obvious select but can suck up intensity. For low-tech options, buckwheat pillows can stay cooler at night. There are chill-able pillows and mattress pads as well( or they are able to form your own: fill a bottle with ice sea or hurl a sock filled with rice in the freezer for 30 hours ). You could also ditch the big fabric mattress for a hammock.
Of course, in the long-term, the more we limit climate change, the less we’ll have to deal with this. Fortunately, there are a ton of ways to both addressing climate change and protect the environment.