Setting Bedroom Temperature For Sleep
Getting deep and restful sleep is important to your overall health. One of the key factors to achieving deep slumber is maintaining a bedroom temperature that is conducive to rest.
Keep Cool, Fool
In general, researchers found that most people are sleeping in a room that is too warm. Studies have come out with two different ranges, one from 60-65 degrees and the other from 65-72 degrees, as optimal in promoting deep sleep. Generally, you want your bedroom to be a bit cool, as your body lowers its temperature as you sleep, and a lower body temperature is a signal to your brain that it is time to rest. You’ll want to experiment a bit to find your personal temperature preference.
There is also research showing that overly cold extremities may contribute to a lack of sleep. A study found that adults who wore light socks, gloves and a cap to bed, when combined with a cooler sleeping environment, slept deeper than a control group.
So, if you’re not getting good rest or waking up in the middle of the night, try adjusting your room temperature and wearing a pair of socks to bed. You might be surprised at the difference it makes in your restoration, daily outlook and overall health!
(Please note, this research relates only to adults. Pediatricians can offer good sleeping advice for infants and children.)