Can’t Sleep? Cool Down Your Brain!
Can’t Sleep? Cool Down Your Brain!
Temperature is very important for sleep and falling asleep quickly. It’s been said that insomniacs and people with other sleep disorders are often unable to fall asleep, in part, due to being too warm.
We all know that the body always cools itself down naturally as it enters the sleep phase, and part of this process involves cooling down the brain.
Melatonin – What Is It, and What Does it Do?
Melatonin is known as the ‘sleep hormone’, it makes us feel tired and regulates sleep.
Studies have also shown that melatonin has been linked to the prevention and treatment of cancer. To summarize:
So, it’s clear that temperature is important for sleep, and your health in general.
However, it’s the brain that we want to target for cooling, and we’ll get to that in just a minute.
There are thousands of people around the world who suffer from sleep disorders, or have trouble falling and staying asleep.
What’s interesting is that most of them seem to have one or two things in common. Mainly, it’s to do with the temperature of their bodies as they try and fall asleep.
Trouble falling asleep due to PTSD
PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a very common reason some people find it difficult to fall asleep.
They lay there stressed and unable to stop thinking, which in turn keeps their bodies from relaxing, generating melatonin, lowering their body temperature, and falling asleep.
Migraines and trouble falling asleep
A lot of people suffering from migraines find that the headache type pain actually stops them from falling asleep at night. This leads to them staying up tossing and turning, thus making their migraine worse.
As a result, people who suffer from headaches of all sorts can find it very hard to fall asleep at night. There are a few things you can do to relieve the symptoms of headaches, one of them being drinking more water. Interestingly one of the most common solutions or ways to treat the symptoms of migraines is to apply a cold compress to your head, which can be messy and uncomfortable.
This prescribed treatment shows that temperature, cold temperatures in particular, are very good at reducing inflammation, soothing pains, and helping you fall asleep. But are all methods of cold application created equal? Can they all efficiently cool your head to its ideal temperature? The answer is a resounding No.
What temperature is ideal for your head?
Yes, your head has an ideal temperature, but this temperature varies from person to person and from location to location. It depends on the temperature of the room, and its humidity on any given night, among other things.
Of course, you won’t fall asleep if your head is absolutely freezing, so there’s a sweet spot you’ll want to aim for.
In general, it appears that cooling your head can massively improve your sleep quality and decrease the time it takes for you to fall asleep.
This can help people with PTSD, migraines, insomnia, and just about any other sleep disorder out there.
Cooling your brain
For the most part, the problem is that it’s quite difficult to keep your body and head cool. It’s even harder to maintain this temperature throughout the night.
Cooling the brain slows your metabolism, lowers frontal cortex activity, and stimulates the production of melatonin. The result?
You fall asleep much faster. Insomnia is almost directly linked to this part of the brain, once of it’s leading causes being and overactive frontal cortex.
Well, keeping your room slightly colder than normal, can stimulate melatonin production. This will help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep. Melatonin is a very powerful sleep aid and it’s even sold over the counter in many places.
But you can’t always keep your room cold.
Your partner might not be able to sleep in such a cool room, and one of the most common problems people have is their partner over-heating or over-cooling the bed.
This can be very frustrating, especially if you’re trying to cool down because you can’t sleep, keep tossing and turning, all while your partners is sleeping peacefully, acting as a small furnace.
Well, if you and your partner have different body or sleep temperatures, you can use the Perfect Sleep Pad.
It regulates body temperature for both sides of the bed at the same time, individually. It lets both of you maintain the perfect body temperature, even if one of you likes it cool, and the other likes it warm.
This means your entire body, from head to toes, can be kept at the perfect temperature all night long.
You’ll experience a better quality of sleep, it will take you less time to fall asleep, and you’ll wake up feeling peaceful and refreshed.