Cool down your room.
Temperature can have a big impact on your sleep. When you sleep, the core temperature of your body drops. If your room is cool, it is much easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. According to many different sleep studies, the ideal temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Though this may be a lower temperature than you’re used to, a low temperature has been proven to aid in a good night’s sleep. That said, each body is different and may require a different temperature. Infants and young children usually sleep best between 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
Your bedroom should be cool, quiet, and dark for the most effective rest. If your room does feel too cold for you, instead of turning up the heat, try warming your feet with socks or a heating pad—this will dilate your blood vessels faster and push your internal temperature to a more comfortable state.
Why you can benefit from REM sleep.
Without the proper temperature, you may suffer a restless night of sleep without a high-quality REM stage—the stage of sleep where you sleep the deepest. REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement–this is the restorative part of our sleep cycle. Studies show that your brain performs better when it has completed an uninterrupted REM cycle. Without this cycle or if this cycle is interrupted, you may experience grogginess or have trouble focusing.
Make the most of your nights to make the most of your day. A good night’s rest will help you to have a more focused and productive day.