People who know me sometimes ask, “Snooze Guru, why do you care so much about temperature regulation at night? Is it really that big of a deal?” Whenever someone asks me that, I know that he or she hasn’t struggled through a hot night, desperately seeking relief from a sweaty waking nightmare. I’d like to tell you a story about someone who knew that struggle all too well. That someone is Brandon Atkison, and his story is called, “Heat in the Streets: Miami Night Sweats.”
Brandon Atkison was a tall guy with a body built for wrestling horses and a head of hair more prominent than any mane or tail on the range. Not long ago, he struck out on his own and headed down to Miami for a fresh start. A new life. Something to get him away from where he’d been and onto the fast track to where he was going. Where was he going? He wasn’t too sure. What he did know, as he cruised across the country in his 1993 Lumina, was that Miami didn’t know what was about to hit it. He thought about introducing himself as “Hurricane” to the new people he would meet. He never had a nickname before, and he also thought it would be a good metaphor for his presence in Miami – like he was going to cause some serious damage. Not actual damage. Mostly the emotional or mental kind. Like when someone says, “I’m gonna destroy you, bro!”
He eventually abandoned the name. It just didn’t take.
Things went okay for Brandon at first. He found some friends. He ate some raw food. He got a part-time job and a small apartment. He was really starting to settle in. And then summer settled in. Now, when Brandon leased his apartment, he didn’t think to ask about air conditioning. At first, the nights weren’t too hot, but as the summer rolled on, so did he – all over his bed, tossing and turning in a fit of furious sweat. His nights were unbearable, and his days were sometimes worse. He lost his job, and he lost most of the friends he met because he became such a tool from his lack of sleep. Seriously, I heard that he would just snap out of nowhere. His friends would say something like, “Hey man, do you want to go lift some weights or something?” And he’d be like, “No, what do I look like, some kind of guy who likes to workout nonstop for no good reason? I have other INTERESTS, guys! There’s more to me than meets the EYE, guys!” Everybody would get all quiet and tense. It was just a bad scene. Brandon was getting out of control. His life was unraveling. Everything was falling apart. It was just too hot.
I’d like to say this story has a happy ending, but I can’t. It doesn’t have an ending at all, actually. Truth is, no one has heard from Brandon since he stole an ice cream truck and just kind of took off. Seriously, everyone I’ve talked to says the same thing. They have no clue what happened to him. He just vanished.
The point is, none of this would have happened if Brandon’s sleep wasn’t disturbed by the intense Miami summer nights. Sure, his apartment didn’t have air conditioning, but there are other steps he could have taken. Steps that would have helped him keep his cool, and I mean that both metaphorically AND literally.
Fortunately, for those of us like Brandon, who know what it’s like to suffer through a hot night, there are several great products available that provide excellent temperature regulation to keep us comfortable through every stage of sleep. Design Weave is one brand that has taken the quest for temperature regulated sleep to the next level. Design Weave’s sheets, pillows, comforters, and blankets feature Outlast, a phase changing material that wicks moisture away from the body to regulate temperature. Outlast was originally designed for NASA in an effort to protect astronauts from temperature swings in space. Now, it can provide the perfect level of comfort for your sleep. Don’t spend another night both sweaty and sleepless, and certainly don’t end up like Brandon Atkison. Sleep with Design Weave, and feel the cool calming comfort your body needs.
The Snooze Guru