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Chile's Scorching Summer: Navigating the Heatwave for Better Sleep

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Chile's Scorching Summer: Navigating the Heatwave for Better Sleep

The summer of 2023-2024 in Chile is projected to be one of the hottest in history, with potential maximum temperatures surpassing 35°C for consecutive days and extreme peaks of up to 43°C. A study published in the journal 'Frontiers in Digital Health' indicates that heat can increase the chances of sleep problems by 54%. Neurologists Alex Espinoza and Larisa Fabres, consulted by La Tercera, explain that sleep is an active process affected by conditions such as brightness, noise, and temperature. They suggest that keeping the room between 18 and 21°C is ideal for restful sleep and offer advice to improve sleep despite the heat. These tips include practical measures that vary according to the budget of each household. Nevertheless, these are not detailed in the provided content.

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Projections for a Scorching Summer

As Chile braces for a historic summer, potential temperatures are expected to surge past 35°C for consecutive days, hitting extreme highs of up to 43°C. This projection paints a picture of a sweltering season that could adversely affect the daily lives of Chileans.

Sleep Disruption: A Health Concern

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According to a study published in the journal 'Frontiers in Digital Health', such extreme heat could escalate sleep problems by 54%. Neurologists Alex Espinoza and Larisa Fabres highlight that sleep, an essential physiological process, is vulnerable to external conditions such as light levels, noise, and, significantly, temperature.

Beating the Heat: Tips for Better Sleep

Given the impending heatwave, Espinoza and Fabres offer invaluable advice for maintaining quality sleep. They recommend keeping the room temperature between 18 and 21°C for optimal rest. Furthermore, they share practical tips adaptable to varying household budgets, thus providing accessible solutions to combat sleep disturbances amidst the heat. However, the specifics of these tips are yet to be revealed.

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