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The best temperature to sleep, according to science

Whether it’s hot, freezing, just a little warm, or one leg sticking out from the blanket, everyone has different tastes when it comes to sleeping after a long day. You should consider the temperature in which you sleep in addition to your personal taste for sleeping.

Here’s why

Next time you wonder why you didn’t get good sleep, think about the temperature you are sleeping in. Your body temperature fluctuates through the day and reaches the peak during the late afternoon and thereafter, it slowly starts to cool down and unwind the body, preparing it for the sleep cycle. Just like the circadian rhythm, the body temperature has its own cycle. So, when the body temperature is setting down, the room temperature or the thermostat should be in sync with the body temperature. Following this one hack will help you guarantee a good night sleep.

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The best temperature to sleep, according to science

What is the ideal sleep temperature?

According to experts, you should be setting your thermostat somewhere between 60-67 degree Fahrenheit (15-19 degree Celcius) ideally. While the idea may make you shiver and pile up on blankets, do remember that your body lets out heat too. In a cooler environment, the body heat will be evenly distributed and you will have to give yourself an airy environment to snuggle in. Maintaining the temperature around these numbers is ideal.

Lowering the thermostat settings to 16-17 degree Celcius also ensures that the body’s core temperature drops down and you feel cool in the hot weather. This also helps you fall asleep quicker.

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While this temperature is ideal for adults, for babies and children below the age of 10, the ideal room temperature should be somewhere between 65-70 degree Fahrenheit.

Other things you can do

There are also some other easy hacks you can follow to cool off and sleep better. Keep a glass of cool, icy water near your bed on hot days; you can consider keeping ice packs or simply wearing airy, breathable fabrics to sleep (or even sleeping naked!) and it can help regulate the body temperature.

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