Typically our bodies appreciate a cooler environment for sleeping (somewhere between 60-68 degrees Fahrenheit – 15.5 to 20 Celcius. However when it is too cold, we can find ourselves trying to get comfortable rather than sleeping soundly.
As Autumn and Winter approach if colder winter time temperatures or an overzealous air conditioning unit are keeping you from a good night’s sleep, read on for some simple tricks and tips on how to make your bedroom a more optimal temperature.
Tip 1. Use an Electric Blanket or Hot Water Bottle:
Hot water bottles may be old fashioned but they are a great option for preheating your bed keeping you warm initially. Electric blankets have the capability to keep you warm throughout the night. Safety Note: If you are using an electric blanket, be sure to turn it on to warm up your bed and either switch it off or set it on the lowest setting once you’re under the duvet.
Tip 2. Layer Up:
Use layer comforters, quilts or throws to control your body temperature without altering the room temperature. Keep extra blankets nearby, so it’s easy to add additional layers at night as needed. For added warmth and creating that extra cozy feel, consider swapping out your summer linens for flannel sheets.
Tip 3. Drink Warming Tea:
Brewing yourself a hot cup of caffeine-free, herbal tea before bed is a classic way to both warm up and relax for a gentle night’s rest. Many find that chamomile is an excellent choice though see what works for your personal taste
Tip 4. Wear Socks:
Wearing socks to bed when it’s cold causes vasodilation (this is the dilation of the blood vessels in your feet) which may tell your brain it’s time for bed. So wearing socks in bed will not only keep you warm, but they may also help you fall asleep more easily!