The Best Temperature for Ideal Sleep
Getting a good night’s rest comes down to one simple solution — finding the ideal temperature to set before bed. Finding the right temperature for yourself and the whole family can be a matter of trial and error, and you may even get conflicting opinions from your family about what temperature is just right.
Our team of HVAC professionals wants to help you utilize your thermostat to get your best night of rest yet. So, what is the right temperature? Keep reading to see how temperature can affect your rest, and what to do when your room is too hot or cold at night.
How Does Temperature Affect Rest?
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night because it was just too hot or too cold for you to continue sleeping comfortably? That’s a sign that the temperature inside your room is affecting how well you sleep at night.
At night, your body is working hard to regulate its temperature so that you can remain asleep, but when that’s interrupted by a not-so-comfortable temperature, you will find yourself waking up more often. You may even find it harder to go to bed at night or fall asleep at a reasonable time.
How Can I Maintain Optimal Sleeping Temperature?
To make your room feel more comfortable and to maintain optimal sleep, here are a few things you can do:
Set the thermostat between 69 and 72 degrees.
It’s typically recommended that your room be set anywhere between 69 and 72 degrees at night. This is usually one of the most common and comfortable temperature ranges for families. Find the right temperature for your family and keep it consistent throughout the day.
Try wearing lightweight pajamas.
While fabrics like satin, silk, polyester, and others may look nice, they may not be the most comfortable to wear to bed. We suggest wearing breathable materials like cotton pajamas so that you don’t overheat at night.
Use ventilation to your advantage.
A big reason why your room may not feel comfortable at night is that it may not be well-ventilated. To add more ventilation, try making sure that all of your vents are open, and when needed, open a window throughout the day to bring more air in.
Try taking a warm bath or shower before bed.
What’s a better way to relax before bed than taking a nice warm bath or shower? Not only is it relaxing, taking a bath or showering creates a cooling effect that will help you fall asleep faster and remain cooler at night. The cool-down process also helps you fall into a deep sleep so that you can spend your night uninterrupted.
Other Ways to Get Rest at Night
Here are more ways you can comfortably rest at night:
During warmer and colder months, keep blinds and curtains closed.
Change bedding often with clean, breathable bedding.
Clean your air vents regularly.
Install insulation, or add more insulation.
These methods are simple, yet effective and are a great first step to getting a full night of restful sleep.