Everybody has their own habits of pre-bedtime.
They might enjoy watching some TV, listening to their favorite music or reading a book before dozing off to sleep. But for some reason, there is one commonality, and it is that most people like to sleep in a cool room. But what do scientists say about this? Let’s find out!
According to a HuffPost article written by Dr. Christopher Winter, Medical Director at Charlottesville Neurology & Sleep Medicine, the room temperature plays an important role in good sleep, and not blackout curtains or reading a chapter of a book can help in a sound and fitful night of sleep.
It is found in research that the best sleep we get in Winters when our rooms are between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Even when the temperature goes above 75 degrees or below 54 degrees, we can be disturbed and it can cause people to toss and turn all night.
What is the connection between a room temperature with a good night of sleep? As Winter explains, our body temperatures follow a natural pattern of highs and lows during a 24-hour period. Our body gets warmest in the late afternoon and it becomes coolest around 5 a.m. So, a colder room helps to sleep fast when our body temperature is at its lowest.
“Individuals who struggle with sleep onset may have warmer core body temperatures, to begin with, and this may lead to sleep onset difficulties,” Winter writes. “Their inability to dissipate heat and cool themselves is one proposed explanation for their troubles engaging sleep quickly.”
So, if you have sleeping difficulties, next time try a chilled room to sleep.
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