Here’s the Perfect Bedroom Temperature for Sleeping like Baby
August 25, 2015
We all know you should turn off your computer long before going to sleep. But did you know that you should turn down the thermostat, too?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, to get a good night's sleep, you should set your thermostat around 65 degrees.
Why cool temperatures get us in the rhythm
Basically, cooling down your room helps your body get into “sleep mode.”
You see, your body’s core temperature lowers as it’s getting ready to count sheep.
This is your body’s thermoregulation (heat distribution system) matching your natural sleep-wake rhythm, according to a study by BioMed Central.
In other words, as sleepy time nears, your core body temperature goes down.
And cooling your room to 65 helps you get to sleep more quickly—and stay asleep. At this temperature, your body doesn't have to create heat (shiver) because it’s too cold or shed heat (sweat) because it’s too hot. It’s the sweet spot for sleep.
So if you have a programmable thermostat, set it to turn down to 65 a few minutes before you’re ready to go to bed.
Don’t have a programmable thermostat? Contact us and we can install one for you.
Note: Everyone is different. So 65 degrees may be too cold for some of you. Web MD suggests that 65 to 72 degrees is the best temperature range for sleep. Find the temperature that works for you.
Other ways to keep your body cool
Besides turning the thermostat down, you can:
- Take a warm shower or bath before bed. When you get out of the shower or bath, your body will experience extreme evaporative cooling (similar to sweating), which carries heat away from your body.
- Turn on your ceiling fan. Same as above. The fan circulates air and helps carry heat away from your body.
- Cool your brain. Time reports that “keeping the brain cool may help people with insomnia to catch more z’s.” So if you really have trouble sleeping, try putting on an evaporative cooling bandana.
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