The Right Temperature For Sleep

Imagine this. You are about to lay down for the evening, but your house feels exceptionally hot. Beads of sweat slowly trickle down your face. The thought of laying under the hot covers brings only dread. Now image this. Again it’s time to lay down. The house feels rather cool. The hair on your arms are almost, but not quite, standing up due to the chill in the air. If you had your choice between these two temperature scenarios, which would you prefer?

If you try to sleep when it is too hot, you are more likely to sweat. You’ll be uncomfortable because your night clothes will feel as if they are sticking to you. On the contrary, if you sleep in cooler temperatures there are a slew of benefits you might find including:

  • You can cover up - It’s easier to cover up with it’s colder than it is to take things off when it’s warmer. Even if your house is more on the chilly side, you have the option to add another blanket as necessary.
  • You can create a make-shift weighted blanket - Studies have shown that weighted blankets can help ease anxiety and stress. By lying under layers of blankets, in essence, you will have created a weighted blanket for yourself. You’ll feel as if you are in a cocoon or getting a hug, and this can help you to sleep.
  • You’re less likely to get sick - Bacteria can linger in warmer temperatures. Have you ever noticed that doctor’s offices tend to be rather chilly? This helps to keep things sterile, and the same benefits apply to your bedroom.

What are some ways that you can feel cooler and more comfortable when sleeping?

  • Heed your head - The first thing you need to do is ensure your head is laying on a cooler pillow. If your head is hot, it is likely the rest of your body will feel hot as well. The Elevation Pillow from Unelma has a mesh center which helps heat to escape and keeps you cool.
  • Cover up cooly - The material that your top sheet or comforter is made of will have an impact on your sleep. Make sure that you are using a fabric that stays cooler, such as the Bamboo Bedsheets from Unelma. Made of bamboo, these sheets will feel cool to the touch. If you are looking for something with a little more weight, they also sell bamboo blend blankets, such as their Bamboo Cloud Comforter.
  • Clear the air - Using a ceiling or other fan in your room to help circulate the air can also make you feel cooler. Feeling a cool breeze across your face can give you a pleasant sensation that can help you fall and stay asleep.

The most important thing to remember is you have to find the best temperature for you. Though generally speaking, most people sleep better when it’s cooler, you need to make sure you are not so cold that you can’t sleep comfortably. Once you find and maintain your perfect temperature for your bedroom, I’ll bet you’ll also find you sleep better. That’s cool news if I ever heard it.

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