Sleep Temperature Tips – Will They Work for Frosties?

Sleeping in BedThe Wall Street Journal recently ran an article titled Best Temperature for Sleep.  It reports the results of a study published by the journal Current Biology in October examining the role of temperature on our ability to sleep – even more so than light, which was previously considered to have a greater impact.

Researchers found the rising and setting of the sun had little correlation to sleep patterns among study participants living outdoors in tropical environments.  Instead, they found that the group’s sleep period occurred during the coldest hours, and was extended during winter temperatures.  These results confirmed the findings of a 2008 study published in a the journal Brain where particpants wearing thermosuits were allowed to manipulate temperatures.  Results found participants fell asleep faster and achieved a deeper quality of sleep by dialing down their body temperatures.

The article says most people set the room temperature a little too high for optimal sleep patterns.  The body’s core temperature should drop two to three degrees for the best quality sleep.  The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following steps to promote a better sleeping experience:

  • Room temperatures of between 60 and 67 degrees (65 degrees is suggested by experts)
  • Wear light, breathable clothing (e.g., cotton)
  • Use layers of bedding to allow for easy removal during the night

Here are some key questions raised by this information for Raynaud’s sufferers:

  • Do Raynaud’s sufferers have a different ideal temperature for sleeping?
  • It’s reported during sleep we naturally try to lose heat from the hands and feet.  Is this more of an issue for Frosties?  Does this keep us from sleeping, as opposed to promoting better sleep?
  • A warm bath just before bedtime promotes better sleep by helping the core body temperature plummet.  We’ve heard from Frosties that they do this to warm up before bed and it works.  So what’s really happening here:  Are they getting warmer and better able to sleep?  Or is cooling off helping them sleep and not feel the cold?
  • I find it nearly impossible to sleep without a blanket or some form of covers.  If I’m cold watching TV and add a blanket, it nearly always puts me to sleep in no time!  Does this contradict the research?

It would be great to have some bedtime research specific to Raynaud’s sufferers.  We’d love to hear if any of the above tips work for you, or if your sleep practices are just the opposite.  Please comment below on the post.  Write to info@raynauds.org.  Post them in our Discussion Forum.  Or join us on Facebook.

Here’s  the full article, plus a video.

1 Comment

  1. Things to try, things to take note of:

    MN, April, and warmed up this week to have windows open…and at night..SLEEPING LIKE A BABY. Sleeping with reduced temp in the room is my favorite. My best nights are sleeping temps of 62 F or lower.

    You need to make sure an active Raynaud’s attack is cared for anytime, summer/winter/spring/fall. I might crawl into bed with slipper socks on for the attack but I kick them off as soon as it is over.

    I switched up the bed linens to cotton sheets, 1 light fluffy fiber-fill comforter with a similar weight bedspread. What I find I need is the full size bed with queen sheet and bed covers. Need to make sure none of the body is exposed in a turning situation. I do not get cold if the body heat stays within the bed.

    If you get out of bed to use the bathroom, I tuck myself in the same way as I started when I went to bed. The disturbing of the feet could trigger a Raynaud’s attack, standing on the cool floors. And soon, the socks come off again.

    I also find by making sure I have a good amount of water on board keeps me warmer as well. Your cells need water to ‘talk’ to each other, dehydrated cells shrink. When short on fluids, you also get cold.

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