Sleep is a crucial aspect of our overall health and well-being, and understanding the factors that can influence its quality is essential. One such factor is temperature, which can play a significant role in the sleep process. Research has shown that our body's temperature fluctuates during sleep, and these fluctuations can impact the quality of our rest. With the latest update to our sleep tracking app, Pillow, you can now effortlessly track your temperature during sleep, empowering you to optimize your sleep environment and improve your overall sleep quality.
The Science Behind Sleep and Temperature
Numerous scientific findings have established the connection between sleep and temperature. Our body's core temperature follows a circadian rhythm, naturally decreasing during the night to reach its lowest point in the early hours of the morning (Kräuchi, 2002). These temperature fluctuations have been linked to sleep stages and the overall quality of sleep.
Ambient temperature, or the temperature of our sleep environment, plays a significant role in determining the quality of our sleep. Studies have shown that ambient temperature affects sleep stages, particularly slow-wave sleep (SWS) and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep (Okamoto-Mizuno & Mizuno, 2012). An overly warm sleep environment can lead to reduced SWS, while excessively cold temperatures can cause disruptions in REM sleep (Kräuchi, 2007).
Optimizing your sleep environment's temperature can significantly impact your sleep quality, as it facilitates the natural fluctuations in core body temperature that promote restful sleep. By monitoring and understanding these fluctuations with Pillow, you can make informed decisions on adjusting your sleep environment to enhance your sleep quality.
Effortless Temperature Tracking with Pillow
Pillow has made tracking your sleep temperature easier than ever before. By wearing an Apple Watch Series 8 or newer during sleep, our app can seamlessly monitor your temperature throughout the night. Once you wake up, you'll receive a sleep analysis report that includes information about your sleep temperature. This data can help you better understand how your temperature fluctuates during the night and the impact it may have on your sleep quality.
New Temperature Trends Section
In addition to the sleep analysis report, Pillow now offers a new section in the Trends tab, providing you with access to your temperature trends on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. This feature allows you to monitor long-term patterns and identify any changes that may be affecting your sleep. By leveraging this data, you can make informed decisions about adjusting your sleep environment or habits to enhance your sleep quality.
What sets Pillow apart as a sleep monitor and sleep tracking app is its unique ability to compare your sleep temperature with other health and sleep metrics, such as Steps, Weight, Sleep Duration, Heart Rate, Sleep Quality, and more. This comprehensive view of your health data enables you to uncover correlations and patterns between temperature and various aspects of your well-being, providing valuable insights for optimizing your sleep and overall health.
Start Tracking Your Sleep Temperature Tonight
Pillow's temperature tracking feature, available exclusively for Apple Watch Series 8 or newer, makes it simple to monitor your sleep temperature and understand its impact on your rest. By receiving detailed sleep analysis reports and accessing temperature trends, you can make the necessary adjustments to create the ideal sleep environment, ultimately leading to better sleep and improved overall health.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to take control of your sleep quality. Download Pillow from the App Store now and begin tracking your sleep temperature with ease. By understanding the critical role temperature plays in your sleep, you'll be well on your way to a better night's rest and a healthier life.