The cold winter nights are upon us and we need to keep warm. If you think you should unpack your electric blanket, think again.
By Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua, ND
May disrupt sleep
Overheating your body during sleep is believed to disrupt your sleep cycle. A study was conducted at the Center for Sleep Research at the University of South Australia to examine the effect of a direct increase in body temperature during sleep. Sixteen subjects were heated with electric blankets under different conditions, such as at different times and for different lengths of time. Sleep quality was observed by researchers and was recorded by polysomnography (monitoring of relevant normal and abnormal physiological activity during sleep).