Snooze in Serenity: Discovering the Optimal Sleep Temperature with HVAC Insights

June 12, 2023
Snooze in Serenity: Discovering the Optimal Sleep Temperature with HVAC Insights

Finding the optimal temperature for a good night's sleep

Before falling asleep, some people like to pile on layers of clothing or blankets, while others like to crank up the A/C to get their room as cold as possible. But what’s the best temperature for a good night’s rest?

It turns out, those who like it colder may be on the right track to creating the perfect sleeping environment.

Body Temperature During Rest

The science behind why we sleep better in colder conditions is pretty cool — pun intended.

Before you fall asleep, your body temperature naturally drops to prepare you for rest. When you’re sleeping, your body’s temperature decreases and cools you down while expanding your blood vessels.

During the day, your internal temperature naturally shifts, which is called a circadian rhythm. Throughout the day, your body sheds warmth up until around the time you go to bed and continues to cool down until early in the morning when it reaches its low point.

Different temperatures can impact your sleeping patterns in different ways, but you can make it easier to sleep by experimenting with the temperature inside your home at night.

Advantages of Cooler Room Temperatures

Much like Goldilocks, you don’t want your home to be too hot or too cold — you want it to be just right! This is when thermostats can come in handy. You can adjust the temperature to be as cool as you want so you can sleep throughout the night comfortably.

Ideally, you want to set your thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit to help your body’s core temperature to decrease. This should allow you to fall asleep faster.

Here are some additional tips for keeping your bedroom cool:

  • Invest in a cooling pillow that helps regulate your body temperature.
  • Invest in a cooling blanket that won’t make you too warm.
  • Open your windows or use a fan to help air circulate around your room.
  • Drink a bottle of cold water to cool your internal temperature.
  • Wear light, breathable clothing at bedtime, like cotton pajamas.
  • Keep your room dark and turn off any appliances that produce too much heat.
  • Install a smart thermostat.

Advantages of Smart Thermostats

One of the best ways to keep a consistently cool temperature in your entire home is by installing a smart thermostat (also referred to as a learning thermostat). This can help you maintain your sleeping pattern at night and you can adjust the temperature to your liking.

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