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This Is the Ideal Sleep Temperature

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If you like to stay warm and snuggly while you sleep, you might not be getting as much rest. There’s an ideal sleeping temperature, and it’s probably colder than you think.

Dr. Eve Van Cauter, chair of the scientific advisory board for Sleep Number, said somewhere between 64-68 degrees Fahrenheit is the optimal sleeping temperature.

“Temperature has a profound impact on sleep,” Van Cauter explained to Better Homes and Gardens, “and often is a common source of poor sleep quality.”

Those who go to bed with thermostats set lower get an average of 19 minutes more sleep. If you live in a climate where setting your thermostat low will cost you a pretty penny, there are other ways you can stay cool. Van Cauter recommends sleeping in cooler materials and using sheets and pillows with cooling technology.

For those who have trouble sleeping, it might not be insomnia, but just your AC setting.

[Via Better Homes and Gardens]

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