Trouble sleeping is a problem as old as time, affecting people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds across the globe.
How do you get a good night’s sleep?
People have tried everything under the sun to help them sleep, but for many, theses options have led to drastic side effects, ineffective results, and frustration over continued sleep problems. Historically, most people suffering from a poor night’s sleep end up utilizing some form of over the counter supplement or prescription drug to achieve their desired rest. In many cases these options can help individuals reach better, deeper sleep, but a large number report feeling drowsy or slow the next morning.
Some are okay with the side effects, but others decide that the side effects aren’t worth the result, and they fall back into restless sleep patterns. So, what’s the solution?
Researchers have known for years that overactivity in the brain is the most common root cause of a restless night’s sleep, but the dilemma has been how to reduce brain activity without introducing an external supplement into the body.
A Recent Breakthrough Regarding Brain Temperature and Brain Activity
While our bodies naturally tell us that we should be in a comfortable temperature to sleep, it was only recently that researchers were able to make the connection scientifically. As we fall into sleep our bodies’ temperature decreases and continues to shift throughout the night. While our bodies are generating heat throughout the day, they begin to cool themselves and shed that warmth as the night progresses, ideally reaching their lowest temperature between 4:00 and 6:00 in the morning.
Furthermore, studies1 have found that metabolic activity in the frontal cortex of the brain was drastically decreased when the forehead is cooled, reducing the “racing mind” feeling experienced by many who have trouble sleeping. To achieve this, the forehead needs to be cooled to a specific temperature that is cool enough to reduce brain activity, but not so cold (like an ice pack) that it triggers the body’s pain receptors, which would have the opposite effect.
Ways to Better Control Your Sleep Temperature
Armed with this knowledge there are many things we can do to optimize our sleeping temperature, and subsequently get better, more restful sleep.
- First and probably the most obvious is to properly set the room temperature in which you’re sleeping. Most suggestions have the optimal range between 60- and 67-degrees Fahrenheit.
- Next you should set a sleep routine, to better help your bodies’ circadian rhythm, and self-cooling mechanism. This should include shutting off the TV and other screens in the room, and potentially even doing some calming activities such as reading or meditating.
- Avoid food or drink that could increase your body temperatures prior to going to bed. This includes caffeine, chocolate, soda, and more.
What Else Can You Do?
There are some interesting new products on the market aimed at solving this very issue. One of the most effective is Ebb® CoolDrift™, which uses PrecisionCool™ technology to specifically cool the forehead to the specific temperature range that reduces overactive brain activity.
It is an all-natural sleeping aid, that uses the power of cooling to help calm your brain’s frontal cortex, decrease the “racing mind” feeling, and promote deep restful sleep. It has gone through robust clinical trials and is 100% safe to use every night, making it a sustainable solution to your restless sleep problem.
From the makers of the FDA cleared prescription device called Ebb Insomnia Therapy, two models of Ebb CoolDrift are available to consumers. Both products deliver cooling at a specific and precise temperature range validated to help you fall asleep faster and have better sleep, but they deliver it differently to fit your needs.
Our bodies are a unique ecosystem that require specific environments to perform and function optimally. Our temperature regulation is part of that ecosystem, and the impact it has on sleep is significant. By better managing your bodies temperature, you can get a better night’s rest – improving your quality of life, physical and emotional wellbeing, and making you the best version of yourself possible.
1 Thomas Roth, David Mayleben, Neil Feldman, Alan Lankford, Timothy Grant, Eric Nofzinger, A novel forehead temperature-regulating device for insomnia: a randomized clinical trial, Sleep, Volume 41, Issue 5, May 2018, zsy045, https://doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsy045
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