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Countries all around the world face a wide range of issues as a result of the intense heat. Among others, the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and China have already experienced the economic damage that a heatwave may bring. In addition, reports have surfaced describing how the heat has damaged global energy production as well as farmers’ ability to produce sufficient quantities of items for export.
The issue is intensely personal since people are the ones most affected by the macro changes brought on by the heat. As a result, many also struggle with sleeping issues in addition to financial ones.
The heat has a negative impact on sleep, which is the harsh truth. Sometimes people experience sleep deprivation or wake up soaked in sweat.
For instance, temperatures in California recently broke records by rising as high as 110 degrees Fahrenheit, or nearly 43 degrees Celsius. Blackouts are caused by the strain on the power grids. In addition, wildfires occur more frequently, raising the atmosphere’s temperature. The reduction in Russia’s gas supply is the most significant of all of them, and it is forcing energy corporations to explore alternate energy sources. As a result, the quantity of electricity that grids can deliver to communities at this time is constrained.
Numerous homes and hotels are left without enough functional air conditioning equipment due to the circumstance. The effect is that a lot of people are asking for their AC systems to provide cooler air. Due to the comparatively lower temperatures in the UK in the past, a central air system was not required.
However, the rising temperatures might make a big difference. In the region, extreme temperatures are predicted, and they will get worse as time goes on, according to a new analysis by experts. By 2035, proves experts’ projections, heat will become the norm.
Heat greatly influences sleep
According to a journal article published last Thursday by the research body, The Journal of Sleep Research, sleep is “a vital function necessary for adaptive physical and mental wellbeing.” The journal also offered some advice on how people can successfully deal with the heat and get some rest in the hot and humid weather.
The ideal sleeping temperature, according to the journal, is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, or 15.6 and 19.4 degrees Celsius. So how can people sleep quietly while heat waves are happening more regularly?
Studies show that hotter nights result in alertness and far less REM (Rapid Eye Movement). These elements are crucial for daily body renewal and repairs.
Tips for sleeping comfortably
1. Take in a lot of water. Body temperature is regulated by water. The heat in the surroundings could be eliminated by drinking enough water. But experts advise against drinking water an hour or two before bed unless you want to spend the night in the bathroom.
Eating lighter meals during the day may also be beneficial, according to Dr. Phyllis Zee, a professor of neurology at Northwestern University in Chicago.
2. Don comfortable cotton clothes. These kinds of fabrics allow for the unrestricted passage of wind. Avoid putting on synthetics that retain heat.
3. Opening windows and using other forms of ventilation might assist cool your room if the mornings are colder for whatever reason. Once the temperature begins to rise, shut it down straight away.
4. If the heat continues, draw the curtains and shades.
5. Don’t consume alcohol at night since this dehydrates your body and increases the likelihood of night sweats.
6. Your body may benefit from relaxing activities like reading or listening to music as it gets ready for sleep.
7. Before going to bed, take a cold bath or foot bath.
“Your body temperature lowers after you leave the shower or bath as your body adapts to the cooler environment. This drop in temperature prepares your body for sleep because our body temperature has a natural circadian rhythm – the body is primed to cool down when you lay down and warm up when you get up,” sleep specialist Dr. Raj Dasputa said.
8. Look for strategies to keep your bedroom’s temperature under 77 degrees Fahrenheit or 25 degrees Celsius.
“There are also fairly inexpensive ice cooling fans that can be placed near the bed. If you’re unable to keep the bedroom cool, sleeping temporarily on lower floors like the basement (if there is one) will be cooler.”
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