If you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, forget counting sheep or popping a sleeping pill. Chances are, the temperature of your room is to blame. That’s right: a cooler house can be the answer to all your sleeping problems!
The National Sleep Foundation says that the best sleep happens for adults and children in a room that is around 15 to 19 degrees and 18 to 21 degrees for babies and toddlers. So for those couples who argue about the room being too cold, colder is better.
But don’t take their word for it; here’s what science has to say. Since our body temperature changes throughout the day, when it is time to sleep, our temperature starts to drop. A warmer room will stop our temperature from dropping, which is why it’s so hard to sleep in a hot, sweaty bedroom. Cooler temperatures allows our bodies to stay at the right temperature it needs to be to get a good night’s sleep. Before you go cranking your thermostat, be warned: there is such a thing as too cold (it can stop our bodies from relaxing).
More quick tips for the best sleep ever:
- If you don’t want to run the A/C all night (’cause let’s be real, that can get expensive), invest in a fan to cool you down.
- Opt for cotton sheets; they’re best for helping you stay cool at night (synthetic ones trap heat).
- Change up your pillows.
- Cut back on coffee.
- Avoid naps.
- Ditch your phone (and any other screens, for that matter) in the bedroom