Achieving the optimal body temperature to promote a sound and
peaceful night's sleep is extremely important, but it can be
something that many people get wrong on a regular basis.
Sydney sleep scientist Carmel Harrington told the Canberra Times
that at any time of the year people could be sleeping in overly
warm surroundings to get the best quality of sleep - even during
Ms Harrington noted the ideal sleeping body temperature is around
18 degrees Celsius, but in many cases people will wrap themselves
in duvets that are too thick or they will leave windows closed
during the night to create a warmer and stuffier atmosphere,
something that is not conducive to a healthy night's rest.
"It's easier to get to sleep on a decreasing temperature. Normally
the body's temperature is at its highest at around 19:00 after
which it starts to fall, getting you ready for sleep," she
"But some things - including exercising and eating late - can
raise your core temperature, making it difficult to get to sleep or
As such, Ms Harrington argued that having a warm - not hot -
shower before bedtime can be an excellent way to prepare for a
proper night's sleep, as raising the body temperature slightly
before bed enables a person to feel
cooler as they fall asleep, helping them to stay relaxed and sleep
for deeper and longer.
Last month, the Sleep Council revealed another key factor in
individuals achieving a proper night's rest is to ensure their bed
is the right size and does not leave them feeling cramped.
The average individual will spend 20,000 hours sleeping during the
seven-year lifespan of the typical bed, meaning the importance of
finding a bed and mattress
combination that is both practical, comfortable and supportive
cannot be underestimated.
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes