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Temperature affects your sleep

National Sleep Awareness Week from March 1-8 2009 helps to raise awareness of sleep problems. According to the National Institutes of Health, almost 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders and sleep problems that can reduce energy, health and safety.

Adjusting the temperature of your bedroom is a small change you can make to improve your chance of a good nights sleep.

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Adjust the temperature for a good nights sleep

Professor Craig Heller from Stanford University agrees that the temperature of your sleeping room affects how long you sleep for. If it is too cold or hot, your body will have to work harder to achieve its temperature and you are more likely to wake up.

Suggested sleep temperature is between 65-72 degrees F, or 18-22 degrees C. However, the perfect sleeping temperature can vary from person to person, so what is most important is to be comfortable with the temperature.

What the experts say …

Professor Craig Heller said, “When you go to sleep, your set point for body temperature, the temperature your brain is trying to achieve, goes down. Think of it as the internal thermostat. If it’s too cold or too hot, the body struggles to achieve this set point.”

It is a mild decrease in body temperature that helps sleep. Generally, he says, “If you are in a cooler room, it is easier for that (sleep) to happen.”

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