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This simple secret can change your sleep for the better

Are you always tossing and turning? Do you struggle to get a good nights sleep? This simple secret can change your sleep for the better.

Sleep deprivation has become an epidemic. The National Health Interview Survey shows that: “Nearly 30% of adults reported an average of ≤6 hours of sleep per day in 2005-2007. In 2009, only 31% of high school students reported getting at least 8 hours of sleep on an average school night.”

Sleep is very important because it helps our body remove cellular wastes and toxins, and gives us energy for the day ahead. Lack of sleep has been known to cause weight gain and may even increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Temperature regulation is a big part of sleep. When you sleep, your body drops down to a much lower temperature.

Using this information to advantage can improve your sleep.

You may not always think about temperature in relation to sleep, but it is actually a major factor. Keeping your room between a temperature of 60-68F can improve sleep quality.

According to Sleep.org:

“In general, the suggested bedroom temperature should be between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep. When lying in bed trying to snooze, your body temperature decreases to initiate sleep—and the proposed temperatures above can actually help facilitate this. If your room is cool, rather than warm, it will be much easier to shut your eyes for the night.”

So while a cooler room is great for sleeping, this simple secret can change your sleep for the better: a hot shower.

Taking a hot shower a few hours before sleeping can help you achieve a deeper sleep and can help you feel more rested in the morning.

So if you’re having trouble sleeping, try a hot shower tonight!

Note: None of the information in our website is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. The content on our website is for educational purposes only.

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