February 15, 2023
After many years of speaking to customers about their various sleep issues, the main cause of restless nights is overheating. Overheating can be very disruptive to sleep quality as it will often lead to waking up more during the night. Based on feedback when talking to customers, we’ve listed below the most common causes of overheating at night.
SOME MEDICAL CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE OVERHEATING
This includes the well-known ‘night sweats’ when experiencing peri menopause and menopause - and can continue for a few years after menopause. Other medical conditions can include stress, infections and cancer. It may be worth seeking advice from your GP if you are suddenly or consistently overheating at night.
CHECK YOUR ROOM TEMPERATURE
We all lose moisture at night, and it is natural to sweat a little. However, research has shown that a warm bedroom can lead to overheating, and humidity can magnify this by reducing your sweat’s ability to evaporate. To fall asleep, your body temperature needs to drop slightly, so try keeping your bedroom a little cooler than the rest of the house and an open or ventilated window can help.
MEMORY FOAM MATTRESSES CAN TRAP HEAT
These are very popular mattresses and are well-known for their comfort. However, they can be very solid and dense. The result is that warm air can build up throughout the night and is unable to escape as it is trapped between your body and the mattress. This can lead to overheating, especially in the warmer months. A wool mattress topper can help to dissipate the heat, especially if it is 100% natural wool and encased in 100% cotton. You can find out more about individually handcrafted British wool mattress toppers here on our sister company, Devon Duvets’ website.
TRY TO AVOID SYNTHETIC FIBRES IN YOUR DUVET, PILLOWS AND BEDLINEN