Get Cold and Sleep Better
Being cold at night keeps me awake. But so does being in a hot and humid room. In the summer, when it’s really hot and I don’t have the AC on, it’s hard to get to sleep and stay asleep.
One time I went camping at 10,000 feet up on a mountain in Colorado. In December. On top of 2 feet of snow. I didn’t bring the right gear and was up the whole night freezing in my sleeping bag.
Being too cold or too hot keeps us from sleeping. But there is a Goldilocks zone of sleep temperature. That’s between 60-68 degrees F. That’s usually a bit cooler than we stay during the day, but not so cold we shiver in our beds.
It’s harder to sleep when it’s warm out. This is a biological fact.
Our bodies naturally drop in temperature during sleep. Keeping our rooms cooler or cooling our bodies before bed help us get to sleep faster and have better quality sleep.
According to the research Dr Mercola’s team has done, “Studies have found that in general, the optimal temperature for sleep is quite cool, around 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures that fall too far below or above this range can lead to restlessness.” Here is the study
If your body temperature is warmer during sleep, you may be more restless. In fact, some studies show that insomniacs have warmer core body temperatures than people who sleep well, and by cooling their bodies down, insomniacs may have better sleep.
If you want to ensure you get high quality sleep, keep your room temperature between 60-68 degrees.
You can also cool your body down before sleep. I have found this to be very useful in the summer when it’s hot and I don’t want to run the AC.
My techniques for this are to:
- Take a cold shower.
- Stick my face in cold water.
- Keep a fan blowing on me at night, with the window open and using minimal covers (doesn’t work when it’s really hot and humid outside).
Check out this video for my techniques for staying cool!