There’s nothing like snuggling up in thick flannel pajamas and diving into bed under a heavy down quilt when winter weather is at its worst. But you may be treating yourself to too much of a good thing. Sleep experts say that in order to get a good night’s sleep, our bodies need to stay relatively cool. Otherwise, even though you may fall asleep, you wind up tossing and turning to get comfortable, and then get up the next day feeling groggy. Try to keep the temperature of your bedroom between 60 and 68 degrees and cover yourself with lighter layers that you can shed before slipping into dreamland.
What does a good night’s sleep have to do with winter weight gain, you ask? Plenty! Research tells us that people who get less than five hours of zzzs a night are 50 percent more likely to be obese than those who get a solid seven to nine hours. But if you’re having trouble sleeping, and it’s not because you’re too warm, try one of these simple tips:
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