handI have written extensively over the years about the process of falling asleep and have sorted my journal into four areas of interest.

Cold Temperatures Improve Sleep

I don't normally like to 'reprint' an article in my Thoughts but I found this one fascinating as I have been telling my insomniac friends for years that they need to turn down the temperature on their thermostats or possibly go to bed with a frozen bottle of water next to them. Sounds 'out there', you say? Read on...

"Cold temperatures improve our ability to fall asleep faster. Avoid coffee, maintain a schedule and drink a glass of warm milk are the usual tips for a good night’s rest. But the right room temperature can also play a valuable role in getting a good night's rest."

Some researchers have found the ideal temperature for bedtime is quite cool. Around 62 to 68 degrees.  For some, temps that dip too far below or too far above this range can lead to disturbed slumber.

Temperatures in this range help decrease core body temperature that, in turn,  initiates getting sleepy. A variety of studies are finding that temperature has a function in many cases of insomnia. Researchers have shown, for example, that insomniacs tend to have higher body temperatures than normal sleepers just prior to bed, which leads to heightened awareness and a struggle to fall asleep as the body tries to reset it's core temperature. A slightly cool room and a lower core temperature are optimal for bedtime and will improve your sleep.

Most people would say that the above story is just common sense. But in an insomniac's world that is filled with junk science, false claims and out and out lies sometimes common sense is what's called for. 


Insomnia can be an indication of a serious underlying health condition. Our opinions are in no way intended to be taken as medical advice. If you feel your insomnia issue warrants it please seek the advice of a qualified physician.