How Does Temperature Affect Sleep?

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Sleep is one of the most important aspects of your health. There are things, like sleep temperature, that influence your sleep quality.

Find out just how much temperature affects your daily sleep.

Is it better to sleep in cold or warm?

Your body doesn’t stay at one temperature during the 24 hours of a day. If everything goes right your temperature drops about 2-3 degrees at night.

Not everyone knows about this but it’s what you would expect. Have you ever had those hot summer nights? Those nights where it you keep rolling around in your bed without being able to fall asleep.

The high room temperature was most likely the reason for your inability to sleep. Too much heat affects sleep quality and duration in a very negative way.

So if you want to take some steps to improve your sleep you might want go for a slightly colder room.

Is it better to sleep in cold or warm

How much difference can you expect?

In a study done on insomniacs, people who have trouble falling and staying asleep, some interesting results happened (1).

The insomniacs were given a cooling cap, a device to cool down their heads to certain temperatures. This research showed some pretty crazy results.

The insomniacs, people who previously had an enormous difficulty falling asleep, now fell asleep faster than the control group that had no trouble falling asleep.

If controlling the temperature can make an insomniac fall asleep faster than a regular person you’re on to something. Keep your room at the right temperature can be extremely beneficial for your sleep.

The best sleep temperature

The best sleep temperature is a personal number but there is a general range people do best in.

Try to keep your room temperature between 60°F-68°F (15.5°C-20°C). Any lower and you will probably not be able to sleep.

You will most likely need to test different numbers and compare the quality of your sleep.

These numbers also apply to toddlers and babies but it might be a good idea to go for the upper numbers of the range.

Best tools to control sleep temperature

The are plenty of different devices to help you improve your sleep by staying at the right temperature.

These range from a full airconditioning system to a special cooling matress to smaller devices.

Make sure you check out the 4 best tools to control sleep temperature.

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Matt Claes founded Weight Loss Made Practical to help people get in shape and stay there after losing 37 pounds and learning the best of the best about weight loss, health, and longevity for over 4 years. Over these years he has become an expert in nutrition, exercise, and other physical health aspects.