Tip 6: Ambience to Sleep

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Your body’s internal clock, or circadian rhythm is affected by many factors, and an important factor that is often overlooked is temperature. When creating the ideal sleeping space, it is important to look at the room’s ambience as a whole including; lighting, noise level and temperature. Sweating or shivering in bed can greatly affect your ability to sleep, and therefore it is important to find your ideal temperature to sleep.

However, it is a fighting battle to find the ideal temperature so as to not overheat or over-cool, which can both be disruptive to sleep. The WHO recommends a minimum air temperature of 18° in the bedroom, to create a cooler ambient temperature within the room, but allowing for the warmer, more comfortable micro-environment in the bed of 30°.

For those of you who struggle with overheating at night, perhaps utilizing a fan to increase air flow within the room and setting your thermostat to a cooler temperature. If the sun rises into your room, try to use heavier curtains to block out the heat and light from the sun to prevent your room from overheating in the morning. If you struggle with the opposite, try to utilize a space heater or a heavy, weighted blanket to keep yourself warm throughout the night.

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