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If you live in the warmer parts of Australia, you will most likely sigh with relief as Summer comes to an end and there is a cool change in the air. Summer in Australia often means enjoying time at the beach, swimming and outdoor activities but can also mean uncomfortable nights and interrupted sleep.

Heat and humidity can affect the quality of our sleep, in fact research tells us that temperature is one of the most important factors that affect sleep. Temperature is also linked to our circadian rhythm. As the body prepares for sleep, body temperature drops, which coincides with the release of melatonin, the body’s sleep hormone.

Through the night as we are sleeping, our body temperature continues to fall and starts to rise again in the early morning.  If we are overheating, not only can we experience difficulties falling asleep and staying asleep through the night, but we may also spend less time in REM and slow-wave sleep.  Going through these sleep stages is important for us to achieve quality sleep.  Without them our recovery can be impacted, along with our immune system, learning and memory.

Your mattress and pillow can play a really important role in creating the right temperature for sleep. Some materials will take on your body temperature, which can create a vicious heat cycle through the night. The Wenatex system has been designed with materials that are both temperature neutral and breathable, helping to dissipate heat and not take on your body temperature.

Next time you’re shopping for a new mattress or pillow, make sure it’s one that is designed for healthy sleep and considers temperature.

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