According to a recently released study, climate change is the underlying cause of a very direct effect on humans. It is reportedly keeping people awake as the increasing nighttime temperatures can impede on a good night’s rest.
The new study shows that the hotter night temperatures can disrupt sleep patterns which, in turn, can lead to sleep loss. Research was conducted by University of California, San Diego scientists. They published their results in the journal Science Advances.
Climate Change May Keep People Awake For Even More Nights Than Nowadays
Research data on sleep was collected from 765,000 residents of the United States. Then, it was compared to weather information provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This helped by providing temperatures and data about any unusually warm periods.
According to the study team, they detected a correlation between unexpectedly warm periods and sleep problems. During such times, about 100 people per month were kept awake or had a poor sleep for three nights.
Reports point out that this is the largest real-world study yet to show an association between hotter nighttime temperatures and a lack of sleep or problems resting. It is also the first study of its kind to cast a look at what it may mean if temperatures continue rising.
Study results concluded that, if climate changes do not stop by the end of the century, the increasingly hotter temperatures will have quite an effect on the sleep of US residents. It may come to account for several millions of nights of lost or poor rest each year.
“Human sleep is affected by nighttime temperatures, and in order to sleep well during the summer […], we may need to adapt using more air conditioning, added fans at night and other technologies to counteract altered future temperatures,” stated Nick Obradovich.
He is the lead author of this new study. Obradovich also stated that this research was targeted and had data solely on the American phenomenon. But he considers that it may not only be limited to the US. If the pattern is confirmed, some locations could be having it even worse.
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