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The #1 Temperature Setting for Sleeping Soundly Every Night

Tired of tossing and turning at night?

Your thermostat’s temperature setting may not be set low enough.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, your bedroom should be around 65 degrees to sleep soundly every night.

Here’s why.

Tired of tossing and turning at night?

Your thermostat’s temperature setting may not be set low enough.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, your bedroom should be around 65 degrees to sleep soundly every night.

Here’s why.

Why cooler room temperature = better sleep

Long story short, lowering your core body temperature gets you closer to sleep mode.

According to a study by BioMed Central “Sleep is most likely to occur when (core body temperature) decreases, while it hardly occurs during the increasing phases.”

Your body’s core body temperature naturally decreases as part of its sleep-wake rhythm. So purposefully lowering your core body temperature signals to your body that it’s ready for sleep.

Lowering your room’s air temperature is one way to do that. (Though, you don’t want to lower it too much either)

Basically, to sleep well, your bedroom should be like a cave—cool, quiet and dark.

3 ways to keep your core body temperature cool

1) Get a programmable thermostat

You may forget to set the temperature down to 65 degrees every night. So install a programmable thermostat to automatically do it for you every night.

CoolToday can help you find a programmable thermostat that works with your air conditioner and install it.

Learn more about programmable thermostat in these articles:

2. Take a warm shower before bed

When you step out of the warm shower into the cool air, your body will cool down significantly through evaporative cooling (see: sweating). Once your body cools down, you’ll be ready for sleep in no time.

Keep your shower moderately warm and short—around 5 to 15 minutes.

3. Turn on the ceiling fan

Your ceiling fan can make you feel about 4 degrees colder, according to the U.S Department of Energy.

“What if I don’t like sleeping in a cold room?”

That’s fine! Turn up the temperature to 70 or so. The point is to keep your room cooler than normal.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Of course each of us has a slightly different optimal temperature for sleep, so experiment with keeping your room cool and find what makes you most comfortable. “

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