How Air Temperature Affects Your Sleep

Experts agree the temperature of your sleeping area and how comfortable you feel in it affect how well and how long you snooze. Why? “When you go to sleep, your set point for body temperature-- the temperature your brain is trying to achieve -- goes down,” says H. Craig Heller, PhD, professor of biology at Stanford University, who wrote a chapter on temperature and sleep for a medical textbook. “Think of it as the internal thermostat.” If it’s too cold, as in Roy’s case, or too hot, the body struggles to achieve this set point.

So what is the best temperature for Sleeping? That, according to medical professionals and sleep experts is difficult to say. Everyone's body is different, and thus we all have our own preferences. If you are suffering from insomnia, maybe your bedroom is too hot or too cold. Both can affect sleep. Experts so say that you should pay attention to the signs. Tossing your covers off in the middle of the night is a sign that your room may to too warm. Likewise, hording covers is a sign that your room is too cold.Most experts suggest that most people require a cooler room for better sleep.

Things to consider are using a natural fill bed pillow with buckwheat or millet hulls. These types of fill allow for continuous ventilation, which keeps the pillow cool and dry throughout the night. Putting socks on your feet is a good idea, as cold feet can be very disruptive to sleep.

How Air Temperature Affects Your Sleep

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