The Room Temperature Needed for Optimal Sleep!

Playing Drs. Rx: Can Nightmares Be Avoided with a Cool Room?

Is the temperature of your room causing you to have poor sleep or even possibly nightmares?

The Doctors share that according to the National Sleep Foundation a cool room can help people get quality sleep, which may help the 85 percent of Americans that deal with nightmares. So what temperature is ideal for the room?

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Dermatologist expert Dr. Sonia Batra explains studies have shown the best temperature to produce the hormone melatonin (which helps the body sleep and stay asleep) is between 60 and 68 degrees. When the temperature rises above 70 degrees in the room, the body's production of melatonin decreases, which could lead to sleep issues.

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The panel notes just how important sleep is to overall health and say without proper sleep the following issues can arise:

  • Attention problems
  • Prone to irritability
  • Anxiety
  • An increase in cortisol levels, which can lead to depression

The Doctors suggest trying to get 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night.


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