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Adjust the temperature if you can't sleep

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  • 3 months ago

Maintaining the right temperature while sleeping is crucial for a good night's rest. According to experts like Alon Avidan, MD, MPH, and Alberto Rafael Ramos, MD, setting your thermostat between 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit can help improve both the quality and duration of your sleep.

For Kaitie Rudwick, an uncomfortable memory foam mattress that retained body heat caused disruptions in her sleep. This highlights the importance of not only the ambient temperature in the room but also the materials of the bedding and mattress.

Your body's natural circadian rhythm plays a role in regulating core body temperature during sleep. As your body temperature drops, the hormone melatonin is released, signaling your body that it's time to sleep. Maintaining a cool temperature throughout the night can help promote deeper, more restorative sleep.

If you're used to sleeping in warmer temperatures, gradually lowering the thermostat by 2-3 degrees at a time can help you find a comfortable temperature for sleep. Other tips for cooling off include opening windows for fresh air, using lighter bedding, wearing lighter clothes, and using air conditioning or fans.

Investing in a cooling pillow that draws heat away from your head can also enhance sleep quality. It's important to find a pillow that fits your individual needs in terms of firmness and neck posture.

Ultimately, finding the right temperature for sleep is a personal journey that may require some experimentation. By prioritizing a cool and comfortable sleep environment, you can improve the quality of your rest and wake up feeling refreshed and energized.

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