Medical experts say Hoosiers could have trouble getting a good nights sleep during the extreme heat thats settled in central Indiana.
Dr. Deanna Willis with the Department of Family Medicine at IU Health Hospital said the scorching temperatures can interfere with sleep patterns and can eventually take a toll on your body, RTV6s Stacia Matthews reported.
"Your body cools itself as you begin to sleep, so the heat can cause the normal mechanisms not to work well. People get less (rapid eye movement) sleep, the kind of sleep which allows you to dream and feel refreshed, Willis said.
Willis said cooling down before hitting the sack is one way to relax. She advised taking a cold shower, wearing light clothes and avoiding alcohol.
Willis also said sleeping arrangements are also important and advised Hoosiers to sleep on the lowest level of the home, and to avoid foam pillows and mattresses.
"A lot of times the foam material we use to make us comfortable when we sleep can work against us in the heat because it reduces the ability of air to circulate around our bodies. It can make your body less able to cool, Willis said.
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