With summer just around the corner you may start to notice the changes in weather more and more around your home. You may have even started to feel it in your sleep. Have you been uncomfortable and unable to fall asleep? Do you wake up in the middle of the night sweating? Maybe you have no trouble falling asleep only to wake up again a few hours later. The problem might not be insomnia, but rather you may not have set your AC to the Ideal Sleeping Temperature.
It may seem too good to be true, but simply adjusting your thermostat could have you sleeping like a baby in no time. Today we’ll share with you the Ideal Sleeping Temperature. But before revealing the magic number, there are some things you should know about your body, sleep and temperature.
How It Works
Temperature plays an important role in a good night’s sleep. When you sleep, the temperature your brain tries to achieve decreases. Your body temperature drops to initiate sleep. So when the room temperature isn’t conducive to the temperature your body is trying to set for itself, you’re going to have a hard time falling and staying asleep.
Ideal Sleeping Temperature
So what is the perfect temperature? Most experts agree that 60-72 degrees is the ideal AC temperature for sleep. You may be curious why the range is so large. The truth is the Ideal Sleeping Temperature can vary drastically from person to person. A good idea is to start off in the 65-70 range and adjust from there. If you’re shivering, your room is probably too cold. A room that’s too cold with sheets that are too thin could also cause your body to lock in heat to stay warm, thus upping your core temperature and disturb your sleep. If you have a hard time falling asleep, staying asleep or are sweating, your room might be too warm.
Other Sleeping Variables
Besides your body temperature and the room temperature, there are other factors you might not think about. For example, don’t forget to consider your sheets, pajamas and even your pillow. Your room might be 60 degrees, the fabric type and thickness could leave your body feeling much warmer than that.
Avoid memory foam pillows; while they are comfortable and conform to the shape of your head, it could easily make you too hot. If you share your bed with a spouse, the temperature balance becomes even more delicate. Not only will another body add extra heat, but each person will have different temperature preferences too.
Not Just The AC
Remember, not only is room temperature important for falling asleep but it also affects your quality of REM sleep. So do your best to choose the correct Ideal Sleeping Temperature for your body. You can also promote good sleep by keeping your room dark and quiet. Cold feet can be a surefire way of waking you up in the night, so why not add some socks! Warm feet will help dilate blood vessels faster helping your body reach its ideal internal thermostat setting.
Instead of keeping your house set at 60 degrees all summer long, why not call Sandy Heating & Air Conditioning to install a programmable thermostat. Then your home will automatically adjust to your ideal sleep temperature in the evenings, and conserve energy during the day.