The warmer the bedroom, the less cozy it is for many Dutch people between the sheets, according to a survey by Swiss Sense among 1000 respondents. 54% of the respondents indicated that they suffer from high temperatures in the bedroom.
So much so, that 41% regularly skip the act of love when it’s too hot. A quarter of 18 to 34 year olds prefer to sleep separately from their partner. 39% of the respondents indicated that it was difficult to fall asleep on a hot night.
Yet in many cases we remain faithful to our own bed, because only one in ten people (11%) flee from the bedroom at high temperatures and only 9% sometimes choose to spend warm nights in the open air rather than in the bedroom. bring.
More than half of the Dutch (54%) find heat in the bedroom the biggest summer frustration. Mosquitoes keep a third of the compatriots (35%) awake. It is striking that half of the over-50s (57%) are not bothered by the insects.
Noise from outside is also a summer irritation for many people (35%), especially those who live in a city (39%). Only one in five (22%) people say they have trouble sleeping because it gets dark late and light early.
The Dutch try to keep their cool in various ways on a warm summer night. This is what most Dutch people do when it is hot:
Sleeping with the window open at night (77%), with or without a screen in the frame
Darken the bedroom during the day by keeping the curtains closed (72%)
Sleeping without a blanket (52%) or without a duvet and only under a sheet
Sleeping naked (31%) or with less clothing than usual (64%)
Taking a lukewarm (24%) or cold (14%) shower
Install an air conditioner in the bedroom (22%)
However, not all of the above is recommended. If you want to sleep with the window open, make sure you open it as late as possible in the evening, as soon as it has cooled down outside. It is also wiser not to sleep naked, but in a cotton shirt that breathes and absorbs perspiration so that you feel less sticky.
Sleep expert Els van der Helm of Shleep adds that a cold shower is not smart either. As contradictory as it may sound, a warm shower is a better choice. “It temporarily raises your temperature, after which your body cools down faster. In addition, do not exercise too intensively just before going to bed and try to lose heat through your arms and legs by not covering them with a blanket.”
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