Finding Your Optimal Sleep Temperature

Posted On: September 3, 2021

In this time of uncertainty, maintaining your health, a good night’s sleep has never been more important. How much sleep you get is vital to how you function every day, and not only how much sleep, but the quality of that sleep can make a big impact on your overall health.

Before falling asleep, some people turn the thermostat way up, and some bundle up and drop the temperature. It turns out, those who like it cold may be getting better sleep at night than those who keep it warm.

More and more science has come out revealing that sleeping at cooler temperatures actually helps your body sleep at optimal levels. Before you fall asleep, your body temperature naturally drops down in temperature to prepare you for sleep. While you’re sleeping, your body’s temperature decreases and cools you down while expanding your blood vessels, allowing it to properly rest and recover. Many medical experts, and now HVAC professionals, recommend setting your thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit to help your body’s core temperature to decrease. This should allow you to fall asleep faster.

Here are some additional tips for keeping your bedroom cool:

  • Install a smart thermostat.
  • Open your windows in cooler months or use a fan to circulate air
  • Invest in a cooling blanket that won’t make you too warm.
  • Drink a glass of cold water before bed to cool your internal body temperature.
  • Keep your room dark and turn off any appliances that produce too much heat.

Upgrading to a smart or programmable thermostat is one of the best ways to keep a consistently cool temperature in your home throughout the day and at night when you need it most. This can help you improve and maintain a stronger sleeping pattern without jacking up your energy bill.

If you’re having trouble sleeping or don’t feel like your system can get down to optimal temperatures and keep you cool at night, contact Short Pump Heating & Air at 804-364-9040 today to discuss your options! We can have one of our expert HVAC technicians come out and assess your system, make recommendations or repairs to get you staying cool and sleeping better!

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