Midsummers marks the beginning of the holiday season, which means lots of us will be travelling to our favourite holiday destinations to get some much needed Vitamin D – especially those of us living north of the equator where the summer still hasn’t arrived!
The thought of hotter climates has led many of our Cyclers to become a little hot-headed about their favourite travel essential, NaturalCycles, who have asked the question ” does travelling affect basal temperature accuracy? “. So we thought it would be helpful to answer a couple of your questions so you can relax wholeheartedly and enjoy the sun!
A common question is whether resting temperature is affected by a hotter climate? The answer is, not significantly, as your body is very good at maintaining itself at it’s optimal and by measuring your temperature under your tongue – not on the skin or in the ear – it means that your reading is not greatly affected by the surrounding room temperature.
In fact, the main reason for temperature fluctuations when travelling abroad often comes down to quality of sleep. The warmer weather and different time zone can often mean a disturbed night. It’s either too humid or too cold – depending on whether you’ve opted for AirCon – and trying to become attuned to a new ‘bed time’ can take a couple of days. So as a guideline, we say that it’s always best to skip a measurement or two during this changeover period. Moreover, the suggested guideline for jet lag recovery rate is one day per time zone, so as a rule of thumb, you might want to try skipping one measure day per time zone to get optimal results.
The next query that comes hand-in-hand with holidays is measuring the morning after drinking. We recommend Cyclers to skip measuring if you feel hungover or if you have slept less than usual but if you have had one cocktail whilst watching the sunset you will be OK to measure!
If you have any more questions please leave a comment or get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Your NaturalCycles Team