Tips for getting to sleep when it goes cold

Tips for getting to sleep when it goes cold

It’s time for bed. You’re absolutely shattered after a long day and as you slide inside the covers, you begin to roll around trying to get comfy but realise that it’s far too cold!

Cold and draughty bedrooms can have a big impact on sleep. Your body heat peaks in the evening and then drops to its lowest levels when you are asleep, so 16-18°C is thought to be an ideal temperature in a bedroom. Temperatures over 24°C are likely to cause restlessness, while a cold room of about 12°C will make it difficult to drop off.

Silentnight’s sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, says that “Ideally, in order for us to sleep well, there needs to be a fractional temperature difference between our body and our brain – a warm body and a cool head!”

When we sleep at night, every organ and emotional system in our body is healed. There is nothing worse for us than repeatedly not sleeping well, especially when it is weather related. We are meant to spend roughly a third of our lives sleeping, so what are we to do when the weather is making us feel uncomfortable?

Here are some tips from on sleeping during those cold nights…

  • Swap out your thin bed sheets for thicker flannel bed sheets
  • Have a shower before bed, this will help you keep warm and drift off into a peaceful sleep
  • Be mindful of what you eat before bed, have a warm drink like Ovaltine with milk, it will help you relax and fall asleep
  • Ensure all windows are closed in the bedroom, the cold breeze can wake up anyone, including a heavy sleeper.
  • Don’t fret. If you are struggling to sleep, it’s important to try and rest, thinking positively about the day ahead, rather than worrying about lack of sleep.

For more tips on getting a good night’s sleep check out our blog, ‘You are how you sleep’, where you can find out the best habits for a peaceful sleep.

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