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Trouble Sleeping? Your Thermostat Setting Might Be the Problem

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Tossing and turning in bed is one of the most frustrating ways to end your day. Instead of snoozing, you’re stuck feeling uncomfortable and stressed about whether you’ll be able to function tomorrow without a full forty winks. According to the National Sleep Foundation, this pesky problem might be caused by your thermostat.

We aren’t just talking about fighting fatigue on sweaty summer nights. Instead, if you’re someone who likes to make your bedroom warm and cozy before getting under the sheets, that could be what’s keeping you awake. The foundation recommends setting your room’s temperature somewhere between 60 and 67 degrees. This is because our body temperatures decrease in order to initiate sleep, which this cool down can help get started. 

“It can also help to think of your bedroom as a cave — it should be quiet, cool, and dark for the best chance at getting at getting enough rest,” the foundation’s website explains. Don’t worry, they aren’t suggesting you should freeze yourself out. In fact, they add another tip for those who still have trouble sleeping in chilly rooms: Place a hot water bottle at your feet or wear socks. “This will help dilate your blood vessels faster and push your internal thermostat to a more ideal setting.” That, plus curling up under your coziest comforter, will keep you nice and warm while still encouraging your body to drift off into dreamland.

As anyone who’s ever suffered from sleeplessness knows, they’ll try anything to finally get some decent rest. If this sounds like you, try cooling your bedroom down tonight before lights out. Although that can be more difficult in the summer, it’s not impossible. There are tons of ways to create a chilled down environment without your energy bill draining your bank account (click here for a few of our favorite tricks!). You might also want to invest in a snuggly summer comforter to help you feel relaxed without breaking a sweat.

Here’s hoping we all have sweet, restful dreams in our near future!

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