What’s Your Optimal Sleep Temperature?
Are you tossing and turning at night and desperate for a better sleep? The secret lies in your optimal sleep temperature!
But What is Optimal Sleep Temperature?
Do you crank up the AC when you get ready for bed, or do you pile on the covers and turn on the heat? We know that sleep temperature can be quite the debate especially when you’re sharing a bed with someone who prefers the opposite of you. But, we might be able to help settle the debate.
As a rule of thumb, most sleep psychologists say to keep your bedroom at 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. You should think of your bedroom as a cave; it should be cool, dark, and quiet to enhance your sleep experience.
How Does Room Temperature Affect Your Sleep?
Cooler Room Temperatures vs. Warmer Room Temperatures
If you room is too hot or too cold, it can disrupt your sleep cycle and increase waking up during the night. When we sleep, our core body temperature decreases, so you may want to warm up and get cozy under the covers. However, if your room is too hot or humid, chances are you will be more restless and have trouble falling and staying asleep because as the room temperature rises so will your body heat. This disrupts your sleep process. If your bedroom temperature is above 70 degrees, experts say it’s too hot.
On the flip side, sleeping too cold also has its issues. It does not affect your sleep cycles as drastically as being too hot, but it could potentially lead to other health issues. When we’re cold our body will do it’s best to make us warm again, which puts extra pressure on our cardiovascular system to regulate our body’s temperature. If your bedroom temperature is lower than 60 degrees, it’s too cold and your body will be restless trying to regulate itself.
How To Keep the Perfect Room Temperature
Just like the story of Goldilocks, you don’t want your bedroom too hot or too cold – you want it to be just right! This is where your thermostat comes in handy so you can adjust the temperature to be perfect for you to sleep through the night comfortably.
Each night, set your thermostat between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit to help your body’s core temperature decrease, which should allow you to fall asleep quicker.
In addition to that, consider these tips for keeping your bedroom cool:
- Invest in a cooling pillow and blanket that helps regulate your body temperature.
- Open your windows or use a fan to help air circulate around your room.
- Drink a bottle of cold water to cool your internal body temperature.
- Wear light, breathable clothing at bedtime, like cotton pajamas.
- Keep your room dark and turn off any appliances that produce too much heat.
- Install a smart thermostat.
Advantages of Smart Thermostats
Automate Your Nighttime Routine
Hands down, the best way to keep your home at a consistent, optimal temperature is by installing a smart thermostat. It can be a hassle trying to constantly find ways to keep your home cool at night and comfortable during the day. A smart thermostat can help automate your entire routine so your home’s optimal temperature schedule adjusts automatically.
Plus, you can even adjust the temperature from the convenience of your smartphone or tablet. So, if you’re already tucked into bed but want to make your bedroom a little cooler you can change the temperature in a matter of seconds from the palm of your hand. You won’t even have to leave your bed for the best night’s sleep ever.
Whether you’re home or away – you always have complete control over how your home feels right from your smart device. Not only will your house will always be at the perfect temperature, but this can help you save on energy consumption too.
Get Your Best Sleep with THC
At Technical Hot and Cold we know how important sleep is to your happiness – Let’s improve your life and take your sleep to the next level! Give us a call today to schedule an appointment – we can help ensure your entire HVAC system is running and venting properly, as well as explore your smart thermostat options so you can start enjoying the benefits!