So you have a super comfortable mattress, expensive silk linens, a wonderfully soft blanket and the perfect pillow....and you still are not getting a good night's sleep. You are not alone. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, millions of people don't sleep well. A comfortable bed and a soft pillow are but two elements in creating a proper sleep environment. 

Experts say that the one crucial factor you might not pay much attention to is temperature....  body temperature and the temperature of your bedroom. It has been shown that you'll sleep better-and wake less often during the night when you sleep in a cool room.....anywhere between 65 and 72 degrees. This is especially true for women in menopause. 

To get the best sleep possible, keep the temperature in your bedroom on the cooler side, between 65 and 72 degrees.  Wear cotton not synthetic fabrics and remove your socks when you get under the covers. Wearing socks can increase your body temperature.

Certain foam mattresses, particularly high density 5lb or better memory foam mattresses with a tight fitting flat covers do a great job of molding to your body but, they also retain heat.  This can keep you feeling warm all night long causing you to toss and turn to dissapate the heat. 

Temperature is one of many crucial factors in creating the perfect sleep environment.