A few changes in how you set your thermostat could improve how well you sleep
If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep, try altering your thermostat. Many people are aware that environmental factors can make it difficult to sleep. Too much light or annoying loud noises can wake you from a deep slumber. Temperature is often overlooked as another important environmental factor. Sleep is heavily influenced by core body temperature.
Body Temperature and Circadian Rhythms
The human body has a set point for body temperature and when you fell asleep, that temperature goes down. The natural circadian rhythm of your body is a 24 hour cycle that controls many bodily functions, including your sleep. This rhythm is regulated, in part, by changes in body temperature. When you get tired, your core temperature lowers and is coldest in the early hours of the morning at around 5 AM. Your temperature rises again throughout the day. Your body temperature has natural ups and downs. If your room is too hot, it can make it difficult to sleep.
Too Hot or Too Cold
Your body works to keep your body at a healthy temperature throughout the evening. If your bedroom changes temperature, it can make it difficult to sleep. If you get too warm, your body will sweat in an attempt to cool down. If the room is humid, the sweat won’t evaporate and you will not cool down. If it’s too cold in your room, you will start shivering as your body tries to heat up. Ups and downs like this can add up to a restless night as your body struggles to stay at one temperature.
Optimal Sleeping Temperature
Everyone has their own individual sweet spot when it comes to optimal sleeping temperature. It is important to test out different temperatures to discover the temperature that’s right for you. On average, sleep experts tend to agree that keeping a room at about 65 degrees Fahrenheit is a safe bet.
Additional Benefits to a Cool Room
According to the National Institutes of Health, sleeping in a cool room (around 65 degrees Fahrenheit) can actually help you burn more calories. It can give a small boost to your metabolism and clear out excess blood sugar. Room temperature also plays a role in the quality of REM sleep. REM, or rapid eye movement, has been found to be related to psychological issues. REM sleep is when the brain works on organizing memories, creativity, and maturing neural connections. All of these things are affected by the quality of REM sleep. Research published in Sleep Medical Review explains that people who suffer from depression usually experience less REM sleep than healthy individuals. Keeping your room at a steady and comfortable level can help you achieve better REM sleep.
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