Improve Your Sleep By Setting Your Thermostat

Did you know that the temperature of your home could be affecting your sleep quality? HVAC and sleep experts agree that the one thing that could be affecting how deeply you sleep is the temperature of your home.

Too Hot? Too Cold? Just Right.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) cites the perfect sleeping temperature as anywhere between the range of 67°F and 82°F. ASHRAE states, “A more specific range can be determined from the standard but depends on relative humidity, season, clothing worn, activity levels, and other factors.”

On the other hand, Chris Winter, the president of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine in Virginia cites 60°F - 67°F as the ​best temperature​ for sleeping. Winter says that sleeping in a cooler temperature will drop your body’s natural temperature to a level that makes you sleep more soundly throughout the night.

While some people prefer going to sleep in warmer temperatures, studies have shown that falling asleep in cooler temperatures makes you more likely to sleep
through the night. This is due, in part, to the human body’s natural circadian rhythm--our bodies are naturally predisposed to expect ​cooler temperatures​ when
it’s time to sleep and warmer temperatures when it’s time to wake up. If you’re upsetting this balance it may confuse your body leading to restless sleep. Going to bed in a warmer temperature may make it difficult for you to fall asleep quickly and once you do fall asleep it can also negatively impact your chances of sleeping through the night and dreaming.

The HVAC experts at ​Western States Home Services​ are your home comfort specialists for all seasons! ​Contact​ our team if your home is too hot or you want to install a smart thermostat to lull you to sleep at night with perfectly programmed temperatures.