There’s a curious irony about trying to sleep during the summer: you’re exhausted from the heat, but it’s those same scorching, sticky temperatures that prevent you from drifting off. To cool things down, then, you might turn to an electric fan. But unfortunately, it turns out that choosing this solution could have seriously detrimental effects on your body – at least, that is, according to some scientists.
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for a wide variety of reasons, from obvious benefits including better work performance, to less tangible effects such as improved heart and brain health. Exactly how much sleep you need, however, is less concrete. Indeed, although adults are generally thought to need between seven and nine hours per night, that figure can vary for everyone.
As much as we’d all love to get a consistent eight hours’ sleep every night, there are matters outside our control that can put paid to that notion. Yes, as if switching off your brain weren’t already difficult enough, you also have factors such as the weather to contend with.