Having trouble sleeping? Try Adjusting your thermostat.

Adjusting your thermostat can lead to a better night’s sleep. If you’re having trouble sleeping — especially during the cold winter months — did you ever think this could be due to your bedroom temperature being too low or high? Most sleep experts agree that the temperature of your sleeping area and how comfortable you feel in it will affect how well and how long you sleep. Why is this?

When you go to sleep, your set point for body temperature (the core temperature your brain is trying to achieve) goes down. If your room is too hot or too cold, your body will have trouble achieving its desired core temperature. When this happens, you could experience difficulty falling asleep or unexplained sleep interruptions.

Generally speaking, if you are in a cooler room it is easier for your body to reduce its core temperature, but just remember that if your room is too cold, you’ll have problems achieving your core temperature as well.

An added benefit to a cooler room is that it seems to help you achieve REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep easier and faster. This is the most critical part of the sleep cycle and the sooner you can get into it, the better you will feel in the morning.

While everyone’s body is different, experts seem to agree that somewhere between 65-68 degree range is optimal for most people to achieve ideal sleeping conditions.

Tonight, try adjusting your thermostat to the range mentioned in the previous paragraph, it could help you have a better night’s sleep, and if you are lowering the temperature, you could be saving money as well.

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