Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Marla Ahlgrimm Shares Insight on Summer and Sleep

Summer means long days and hot nights. Physical exertion and excessive heat can make it difficult for many women to get a good night’s rest, according to retired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm. Keep reading as Ahlgrimm answers a few questions on how to beat the summer heat.

Q: Will showering at night keep me awake?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Taking a quick shower is a great way to mimic your body’s natural cooling mechanism. When you expose your body to moist heat, the evaporation process can cool you down and help you get comfortable under the sheets. A word of caution, however, avoid taking hot baths right before bed as getting overheated can raise your heart rate and make it even more difficult to nod off.

Q: The AC isn’t cooling things off enough. What can I do without freezing everyone else out?

Marla Ahlgrimm: A small fan can really go a long way toward making you more comfortable. Make sure it’s directed toward the bed and its flow isn’t obstructed. If possible, open a few windows or add a second fan for optimal circulation.

Q: What kind of pajamas are best when it’s warm?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Cotton pajamas and underwear are almost always best. Cotton is a natural material that wicks moisture away from the skin. Your sheets, too, should be made of cotton, linen, or bamboo in a thread count between 200 and 400, which provides maximum comfort and breathability. Avoid silk fabrics as these can trap heat.

Q: It’s difficult to sleep when it’s light outside until just an hour or so before bed. What can I do to trick myself into getting in the bed on time?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Start by waking up early. Then, consider adding blackout curtains to your bedroom. The combination of starting your day as the sun comes up and tricking your body into believing that it’s night may keep your circadian rhythm on track.

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