After a long, hot summer filled with wild weather, fall is finally settling in, with cooler temperatures and drier air that are typically more comfortable for sleeping. Here’s how to get your bedroom ready for the seasonal shift.
Sleep research shows that the optimal temperatures for sleeping are actually quite cool: between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s lower than most people keep their homes during the day, so it’s a good idea to invest in a programmable thermostat that allows you to choose a cooler temperature for sleeping. Your core temperature drops as you drift off, so having your bedroom on the cool side facilitates this natural process.
The practice of layering to stay warm on cold winter days goes for bedding, as well. Switch out your bedding to include warm but breathable blankets that you can layer on as your body adjusts to autumn temperatures. Several lightweight blankets will provide more flexibility than one heavy comforter. Add or remove them as needed. Make sure your sheets still allow for good airflow — cotton is the best choice. If you prefer warm and fuzzy to crisp and cool, try a brushed cotton flannel for your seasonal sheets instead.
Maintain a comfortable temperature all night long. If your bedroom is drafty, or if your heating system creates lots of ups and downs, you could wake up shivering or sweating. Consider moving your bed away from drafty windows, but also a distance from your heat register to avoid uncomfortable hot spots when the furnace kicks on.
For most people, autumn temperatures are good news when it comes to maximizing sleep. Try these tips to get your bedroom in order for the season, and you’re sure to enjoy a better night’s sleep.
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