Are you asleep yet?

The Wall Street Journal says that thermostat settings (the temperature in the room where you sleep) may be more important than light and bedtime to ensure a good rest.

Setting the thermostat to around 65 degrees Fahrenheit is good for sleep.  The body’s core temperature needs to drop by 2 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit to initiate sleep.  This prompts the brain to cool down.

During sleep, people’s bodies try to lost heat from hands and feet.  Put on socks if your feet are too cold.  If you are too hot, try sticking your hands and feet out from under the covers.

It’s best to wear light breathable clothing to bed, such as cotton.  layers of bedding that can be easily removed are ideal.

Pat Balassone, CNP

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