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How climate change on the planet will affect our sleep


Source: Los Angeles Times

Scientists have concluded that global warming will negatively affect a man's dream.

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Undoubtedly, climate change on our planet will affect the coastlines, weather conditions and food of the Earth. But there are also factors that directly affect the well-being of a person.

A doctor from the Kennedy Harvard School and a researcher at the media laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Nick Obradovic notes that when the air temperature becomes incredibly high, the person's sleep worsens.

“There will be many consequences of climate change, and poor sleep is just one factor in a mosaic of negative moments,” Obradovic said.

If you have ever experienced a hot summer in a stuffy apartment without air conditioning, then you know how difficult it is to fall asleep when the temperature is too high.

The human body is so arranged that before going to sleep it needs to cool down a little. The body has several mechanisms for getting rid of excess heat: the blood vessels in our skin expand, which helps heat flow through the skin, and the arms and legs warm up, which helps to remove heat from the center of the body.

Laboratory studies have shown that the body experiences difficulties with the loss of its main heat, when the temperature in the room suddenly rises. This factor affects the ability of a person to fall asleep quickly, as a result of which insomnia occurs.

The scientist said that he conducted a specific experiment to prove this theory. He tried to fall asleep in the air-conditioned room in the hot 2015 fall of the year:

“We had an old air conditioner that could barely cool the living room and of course could not send cool air into the bedroom. At night, my friends and I tossed and turned without sheets. The next day I noticed that we were all sluggish and grumpy. "

Later, Obradovic conducted a survey among 765 of thousands of US residents who told how they felt during 30 days and how their dream was.

The results were confirmed: the higher the temperature, the more difficult it was to fall asleep.

Further analysis showed that hot nights do not affect all people equally. The doctor found that people who earn $ 50 thousand or less per year, 3 times more often report a bad night’s sleep on an unusually warm night than those who earn more than the above amount. This result may indicate that poorer people do not have the opportunity to purchase air conditioners.

In addition, the scientist found that people older than 65 in 2 years can sleep more often on a hot night than younger people. This may be due to the fact that older people have less control over body temperature than younger people.

Obradovic predicted that by 2050, a rise in temperature would cause 6 nights of lack of sleep on 100 individuals, and by 2099, that number would increase to 14.

This will lead to a bad mood and general depression.

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