Find the right temperature for each person to sleep!
Whether you had a stroke or not, getting a good night of sleep is paramount. I am exploring several posts on your quality sleep. I wrote about the light factor. This piece will look at the bedroom temperature and good sleep.
During the initial stages of sleep, your brain lowers your body temperature in preparation for the restorative stages of sleep. Experts agree on the temperature of your sleeping area and how comfortable you feel in it affect how well and how long you snooze.
Why? “When you go to sleep, your set point for body temperature — the temperature your brain is trying to achieve — goes down,” says H. Craig Heller, Ph.D., professor of biology at Stanford University, who wrote a chapter on temperature and sleep for a medical textbook. “Think of it as the internal thermostat.” If it’s too cold or too hot, the body struggles to achieve this set point. That mild drop in body temperature induces sleep.
Here are 5 elements you must consider:
1. Find and keep your bedroom temperature at a “comfortable” level, whatever that means to the sleeper. Beware, if two people share the same bed, it doesn’t mean they need the same temperature.
2. The most straightforward way to keep your room temperature at the desired level is through air conditioning or heating. Set your thermostat to an appropriate level and let it run throughout the night.
3. Keep a fan on in your bedroom. It helps circulate stagnant air, cooling you off indirectly.
4. Keep a glass of water by your bed. In addition to waking up thirsty in the middle of the night, you may need a refreshing sip of cool water if you wake up feeling hot. Keep a glass of iced water next to the bed – that way when the ice melts during the night, you’ll still have cool water to sip if you need it.
5. Exercise in the morning or afternoon. Exercising naturally raises your body temperature and it takes some time for it to come down. If you exercise close to bedtime, you will be hotter and have difficulty falling asleep.
Remember, it is the most important thing to keep your sleeping environment comfortable for you. Not everyone can sleep in a room that’s 60 degrees, so find a temperature in the recommended range that works best for you and your family. When you find your sweet spot, you’ll sleep great most nights.
Sources: https://www.feri.org/effect-of-temperature-on-quality-of-sleep/ https://startsleeping.org/temperature-for-sleep/#why & https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/cant-sleep-adjust-the-temperature
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