If you’re like most Americans, you struggle to get a good night’s sleep.
Luckily, there’s an easy trick to help you sleep better.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, setting your room temperature somewhere between 60° to 67° F will improve your sleep.
Let’s look at why temperatures within 60° to 67° F help us sleep better…
Why temperatures between 60° and 67° help us sleep better
When you first read that temperature range, you may have thought that it seems a little chilly. So why do health professionals recommend that temperature?
Well, researchers have found that sleep is more likely to occur when your core body temperature decreases.
So purposely lowering the temperature will help signal to your body that it’s ready for “sleep mode.”
However, you don’t want to go below 60° F, because that’s the threshold where your body will get too cold, and your sleep will be disturbed.
The 60° to 67° F temperature range is the sweet spot for sleep because your body doesn’t have to create heat (shiver) because it’s too cold or shed heat (sweat) because it’s too hot.
Note: The ideal temperature range for sleeping infants is higher, usually between 68° and 72° F.
Want better sleep? Automate your temperature change
Establishing a regular sleep schedule (getting up and falling asleep at the same time) will improve the length and quality of your sleep.
One easy way to automate your sleeping schedule is to use a programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat allows you to set your own heating/cooling schedule without you having to manually tinker with the thermostat. Instead, a programmable thermostat will automatically adjust itself to your temperature preferences.
Let’s say you normally keep your house around 73° F while you’re awake. Below is an example of how you can use a programmable thermostat to help establish a sleep routine:
- At 10:00 pm every night, your programmable thermostat will automatically lower itself to 65° (or whatever temperature works best for you within 60° and 67°). By the time you get into bed at 10:30 pm, your room will already be at the perfect temperature for sleep.
- Then around 6:00 am your thermostat will raise itself to 73° so by the time your alarm goes off at 6:30 am, your home will be set to your normal awake temperature. This will help ease your body out of “sleep mode” and transition it to “awake mode.”
Note: Like we mentioned earlier, the ideal sleep temperature for infants is between 68° and 72° F, which is a little higher than the ideal temperature for adults.
Luckily, there’s a way to accommodate your sleeping schedule and your child’s schedule too: by zoning your home. Zoning allows you to have different rooms set to different temperatures.
Interested in a programmable thermostat?
Our comfort specialists can help you choose the right programmable thermostat for you and set it up to work with your HVAC system.