Is there anything worse than being tired but not being able to fall asleep? Honestly, your mind is ready to rest, you swear your body is ready too, but then it betrays you and you lay awake at night, tossing and turning. It is the most frustrating dilemma that we can face at night and it can be happening for just about any reason! Did you realize the temperature of your bedroom could be at fault?
We've all been there. You're laying in bed, playing the age-old game of sticking your foot out of the blanket to cool off, then pulling it back under when it gets cold. Maybe you have to constantly flip your pillows to get the "cool side' back again.
Did you ever think that your bedroom might just be a little too warm? A warm bedroom can actually keep you awake at night.
The suckiest part is that you're not wide awake, you'll be in that semi-awake state, then awake, then asleep, the semi-awake… you get the gist.
Dr. Christopher Winter explained what is happening to your body when your room is too warm in an article for The Huffington Post.
"Individuals who struggle with sleep onset may have warmer core body temperatures to begin with and this may lead to sleep onset difficulties. Their inability to dissipate heat and cool themselves is one proposed explanation for their troubles engaging sleep quickly. [3-7] Because of this, the temperature at which an individual sleeps becomes very important as the ability to shed heat and feel cool can influence how successful an individual will be in terms of falling asleep."
The doctor then said that temperatures between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit are perfect for those who are struggling to sleep.
If you were trying to save money on your electric bill and have been sleeping with the thermostat at above 75, you're going to need to change it ASAP. If your temperature is too low, that is also disruptive to your sleep as well. Sleeping with the temp below 56 degrees Fahrenheit is a no-no according to Dr. Winter.
You can also look at your bedding to make sure that it isn't trapping heat and making you warmer. Dr. Winter suggests moisture-wicking sheets, like Sheex and gel mats that you can cover your mattress with.