If you want to get a good night’s sleep, set your thermostat low. How low? A lot lower than you might think. According to researchers, the ideal nighttime room temperature is between 60º and 67º Fahrenheit. That should have you sleeping like a baby.
Why does it work? Well, about an hour and a half before bedtime, your body begins to cool down in preparation for rest. It tries to, anyway; everything from viruses to bacteria, fungi, drugs and toxins can make this process difficult.
Of course, in a modern environment we’re all exposed to those things. That’s where setting your room temperature low at bedtime comes in. It jump starts your body’s natural cooling mechanism.
This is quite similar to how sleeping pills work – minus the icky side effects and risks.
A good night’s sleep isn’t the only thing you’ll get when you keep that thermostat low. Here are some more great benefits!
You’ll Be Forever Young
Beauty sleep, anyone? According to naturopath and author Natasha Turner, a cooler body temperature helps your body produce melatonin. Melatonin is one of the most important anti-aging hormones your body makes. It battles free radical damage, which is at the root of everything from wrinkles to cancer and cardiovascular disease.