Temperature and Sleep: What You Need To Know

Temperature and Sleep: What You Need To Know

If you have ever tried to fall to sleep in a room that is too hot, you probably found yourself tossing and turning as you endlessly kicked down the covers and flipped over your pillow. Likewise, trying to go to sleep in a room that’s too cold could leave you bundled up and shivering as you shuttered at the thought of getting out of bed into the brisk air. In either case, your sleep quality was most certainly affected by the temperature.

Finding the Right Air Temperature

The perfect air temperature for sleep will vary depending on your personal preferences and what you are accustomed to. For instance, if you live in a very hot climate, having a room in the low 70s could feel cool and refreshing compared to the high outdoor temperature. On the other hand, in a more mild climate, you may prefer the low or mid-60s. 

It’s also worth noting that the perfect temperature for sleeping is usually different than the perfect temperature for lounging around or working. That’s because your body’s temperature begins to drop at night in preparation for bedtime. As you sleep, your body will lose heat to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. As morning approaches, your body will begin to warm up again to prepare for the active day ahead. 

In general, experts usually suggest that between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit is optimal for sleep. Think about whether you tend to be more hot natured or cold natured and then set the thermostat accordingly. Spend a few nights dialing in the perfect temperature for your sleeping preferences.

Consider Your Bedding

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Breathable bedding is a must for a comfortable night’s sleep. Even on the coldest of nights, bedding that doesn’t breathe well will lead to sweat and discomfort. That’s because breathability and insulation aren’t necessarily linear. A blanket can be very well insulated, but still be moisture-wicking and breathable, which will keep you comfortable by regulating your temperature.

Also, when setting the thermostat, you should consider how many blankets you prefer sleeping under. If you tend to sleep with a lot of cover and you prefer that feeling, you might be more comfortable dropping the temperature a few more degrees to compensate for the added warmth. 

Look Into Your Cooling System

Installing a zoned HVAC system in your home could help you sleep better while cutting energy costs. That’s because it enables you to only cool certain rooms at night, allowing you to dial in your perfect sleeping temperature while the living room and other areas that don’t see as much usage after dark get turned up a few degrees.

A zoned system also allows each family member to come up with their own ideal temperature for their rooms, enabling everyone to sleep more soundly throughout the night. Understanding all the benefits of HVAC zoning can definitely help convince you that it’s worthwhile for your comfort and your wallet. 

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