This Is Why You Might Have Trouble Sleeping In The Winter
Have you recently come home exhausted, but once you get under your warm, cozy covers, you can’t seem to fall asleep? It’s incredibly frustrating to be so tired but unable to get to sleep and everything from stress, to caffeine, to your pre-bedtime Netflix binge could be keeping you awake.
But sleep researchers say there’s another reason you might have a tiny touch of insomnia during the winter - the temperature of your bedroom. It turns out, how warm or cool our sleeping area is has a big effect on getting the rest we need.
OSO sleep researcher Rachel Wong says before you go to sleep, your body goes through an “elaborate ritual” that prepares you for bedtime. She explains that when it gets dark, your body starts producing the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, a compound called adenosine “kicks into overdrive” and your body’s core temperature drops to lull you off to dreamland.
And when it’s cold outside, we’re happy to put on our PJs and snuggle up under a heavy comforter in a warm room, but all that can lead you to being too warm - and that can encourage your body to stay awake. So what is the ideal temperature to sleep in?
NYU researcher and Airweave sleep expert Rebecca Robbins says the magic number is 65-degrees. Some other experts say there’s some wiggle room - from as low as 60-degrees to as high as 70, but they advise shooting for a temperature of 65-degrees.