Searching for a good night’s sleep this winter?

Turn down the thermostat and throw out the electric blanket!

As the UK starts to battle plummeting night-time temperatures it is no surprise that people are hiking up the thermostats and digging out their high tog duvets. But with energy costs at an all-time high, turning your thermostat down during the night could not only save you money, but also help you get a good night sleep.

“People need to resist the temptation to increase the temperature in their bedroom this winter. A hot room will dramatically impact on the quality of their sleep as it will increase their core temperature making them sweat – this will cause them discomfort and either break their sleep pattern or cause them to wake,” said Brent Cooper, Managing Director and Sleep Expert at Marshall & Stewart.

Mr Cooper, who has worked in the luxury bed industry for over 30 years, leading bed makers, And So to Bed, Hästens and now Marshall & Stewart, to considerable UK success, added “maintaining a neutral temperature throughout the night is a vital component to a healthy night's sleep, and the bedroom only needs to be heated to around 18°C to ensure people experience deep, restorative sleep and avoid feeling exhausted the following day.”

Thermoregulation - your body's heat distribution system - is strongly linked to sleep cycles. When you sleep, your body’s internal temperature actually drops to its lowest level, generally about four hours after you fall asleep. Scientists believe a cooler bedroom may therefore be most conducive to sleep, since it mimics your body’s natural temperature drop.

Choosing the right bed is also essential to aid thermoregulation and your bed should contain as much natural material as possible, Mr Cooper said “every Marshall & Stewart bed contains only nature's finest materials, including cotton, lambswool, cashmere and hand teased loose horsehair, allowing the body to breath and regulate its temperature, giving all our customers the best possible restorative sleep”.

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