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Get a cool night's sleep

HealthBy Sunday World
Get a cool night's sleep

Some people always insist on sleeping with a bedroom window open - even in the middle of winter, when they have to break off icicles to keep it ajar and the bed sheets are permanently icy cold. You might shiver and call them mad as you plug in the electric blanket and turn up the heating, but studies suggest a chilly night's sleep is better for you than a hot one. The body stays relaxed and peaceful if you can keep your temperature down, so those cosy notions of bed socks and hot water bottles might not be perfect for a good night's sleep.

Cathy Goldstein, a sleep expert at the University of Michigan, says: "When you go to bed at night, your core temperature starts to drop. It's that cooling sensation that helps you fall asleep."

If your body's too hot, you won't nod off as easily. And the night sweats will wake you up! In this day and age of fast lives and hard work, sleep is more important than ever - so planning a good night's rest is vital. The experts suggest a 60 to 67-degree Fahrenheit bedroom is perfect. Here are a few other tips to help you score a quality snooze:

- If you can, make sure your sleeping quarters are in a room of your house, flat or apartment which gets limited or no afternoon or evening sun

- Alternatively, keep the curtains closed to keep any day heat out

- Put a fan on just before you retire for the night

- Open a window - the fresh air is good for you as well

If you really want a good night's sleep, prepare for lights out. Don't leave any pressing matter unaddressed, as it's not always a good idea to 'sleep' on something. What's the point if the problem you had leaves you tired and drained because you kept waking up in the night, worrying about it?

If you can't fix an issue before bedtime, imagine you have a lockbox outside the room and visualise yourself placing the issue there and locking it away before you retire for the night. What's that old saying? 'Out of sight, out of mind.'

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