The surprising factor that affects how well you sleep
While warm weather has a ton of perks, a peaceful slumber may not be one of them.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, millions of people don't sleep well each night-not only do they find it difficult to initially fall asleep but stay asleep all night long, too. And when it comes to getting a good night's sleep, you probably focus on what you think will make it super comfy-i.e. luxe linens, a fluffy blanket and your favorite pillow.
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However, experts say that the one crucial factor you might not pay much attention to could be the most critical-temperature. As in your body temperature and that of your bedroom. Here's why: you'll sleep better-and wake up throughout the night less often-when your body is cool (anywhere from about 65 and 72 degrees). And since a range of factors play a role-from it heating up outside yet not enough to turn up the AC, to still having your wintertime comforter on your bed and not yet transitioning to summer-worthy sleepwear, your body-as well as room-temperature could be way above that.
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To get the best sleep possible, make your bedroom on the colder side, and wear breathable PJs (think cotton not synthetic fabrics or those that show some skin to keep you cool), and skip socks when you get under the covers as wearing them skyrocket your body temperature. And your beloved foam mattress or pillow could also be the culprit of unrestful sleep-since they retain heat and can keep you feeling warm all night long. Then beyond temperature also be sure to block out light (to help increase production of melatonin, the sleep hormone).
Then rest easy knowing you've created the perfect sleeping conditions. Sweet (dreams).
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