How Can Temperature Affect Your Sleep?

There is a lot that can affect good quality sleep, but one of these things is the temperature of the room. Having the right temperature can help you fall asleep and stay asleep so you wake up more rested.

How Does Temperature Affect Sleep?
As you fall asleep, the temperature in your brain goes down. An easy way to think about it is as an internal thermostat. If the internal thermostat is too hot or too cold, the body struggles to achieve its set point. A drop in temperature can help induce sleep. If you are cooler than the room, then it can help you fall asleep. If the room becomes too hot or too cold, it can cause you to wake up. The comfort level of the temperature can also affect the quality of REM sleep, which is the deep state where you dream.

What’s the Best Temperature?
The right temperature will depend on the person. The typical recommendation is between 60 to 67 degrees, but each person is different. In addition to checking the thermostat and paying attention to the temperature, create other ideal sleeping conditions in a cool, quiet, and dark room. Foam pillows can feel good but can make you feel too hot. If you are cold, put socks on your feet since cold feet can be disruptive to sleep. Be mindful of the mattress and the number of blankets on the bed, which can raise your temperature and counteract the work done by the thermostat.

Babies or young children can benefit from having the temperature a little warmer at around 65 to 70 degrees. It is best to keep the crib or bed away from any fans in order to help the temperature stay consistent.

Why Temperature Control Is Important
If you are overheating or too cold at night then your body has to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. If your body isn’t able to control your temperature, there are more extreme results like shivering or increasing your heart rate. When this happens at night, you are likely to have a restless night of sleep and never achieve REM sleep.

Save Money on Heating and Cooling
Creating the right temperature for your personal sleeping is going to require you to pay attention to the thermostat. A programmable or smart thermostat will make it easier to adjust the temperature in your room. Getting an energy efficient system will help keep energy costs lower.

Contact Western State Home Services serving Mesa and Tucson and surrounding areas to get an energy efficient system so you can sleep better in the right temperature.