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This is why you might be having more nightmares now

This is why you might be having more nightmares now
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Bad dreams again?

Experts have revealed the reason you might be having more nightmares than usual now.

Ashley Hainsworth, Director of bedkingdom.co.uk, says that rooms that are too warm can lead to disrupted sleep. "Our bodies need to be around 37C in order for us to get a good night's sleep, which is 1C cooler than during the day," he said. "If you are snoozing in a room that is too warm, your body is unable to lose the heat ( as it is under a duvet) so your sleep will be disrupted."

This disruption in your sleep can lead to more intense brain activity, causing your dreams to be more vivid. The brain is likely to experience greater REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage sleep, and the more vivid your dreams are, the more likely you are to remember them.

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Cooling your body temperature will lead to better sleep. Photo Credit: Andrea Piacquadio

Getting a cooler room temperature at this time of year can be tricky, but there are some simple steps you can take for more restful sleep. Hainsworth advises using cotton or silk sheets to keep the body cooler, adding a cool gel mattress topper, or swapping your mattress for a more breathable one.

"You should also avoid bad sleep habits such as eating a late evening meal, as this can increase your body’s temperature," he says. " And maybe keep the central heating off in your bedroom in the hours before hitting the hay."

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