When it comes to sleep, temperature is both your best friend and your worst enemy. People sleep best when the room they are sleeping in is cool with the temperature in the mid to low 60’s. As such, keeping your room toasty in the winter time may seem cozy, but it makes it harder for you to sleep. Instead, keep the temperature low and use your favorite blankets to stay warm.
Given that cool temperatures work best for sleep, it may seem odd to think that a hot bath can help you fall asleep faster. This works, however, because your body temperature naturally falls in preparation for sleep. When you get out of a hot shower or bath, your body temperature dips as you cool off. This decrease in body temperature makes you sleepy and, combined with the ability of hot water to soothe and relax your muscles, puts you to sleep faster. Use lavender, vanilla or chamomile scented body wash for an added aromatherapy bonus.