What is the best sleep temperature? Does it even matter? Turns out, according to the National Sleep Foundation a cool room, around 65 degrees, makes for the best sleep so it has proven that temperature does matter! We have all had restless nights from time to time, tossing and turning all night long. What you may not know is it could be due to your thermostat. In the world of sleep, your body has a natural rhythm that it performs as you begin to reach the different levels of sleep. As your body temperature falls, you become in a deeper state of sleep. When Your body reaches its lowest temperature around 5 a.m., it begins to steadily rise as morning begins. In many cases, different forms of insomnia are in conjunction with an inadequate temperature in your room. Here are some tips to help you reach your best sleep temperature.
If you ever wake up in the middle of the night in a sweat or shiver, it is probably due to your body “thermoregulation”. When you’re are attempting to sleep, your body tries to reach a healthy range of temperatures. If you are too warm, you have to work extra hard in producing sweat to cool you off. Your inability to maintain comfort can cause you to wake up, or not fall asleep at all. On the contrary, if you are too cold, your muscles engage and contract to produce heat, causing shivers.
What is the Optimal Temperature for Sleep?
The sleep center has determined that 65 degrees is the best sleep temperature. However, everyone’s body temperature varies. The only way to truly learn what your best temperature is to help you fall asleep and stay asleep is to play around with the thermostat. Test out different degrees to see which ones work best for you and your body’s chemistry.
In the summertime, keeping your AC unit at 65 degrees can be a financial burden. If you want to keep your house cool in the summer without breaking the bank, we have some suggestions. Keep your blinds closed, or invest in blackout curtains, sleep with a fan on, and remember to keep all doors closed in your room to maintain airflow.
Why the Best Sleep Temperature is in a Cool Room
- Your body’s core temperature naturally decreases and increases as part of its normal sleep-wake rhythm, according to a study by BioMed Central. “Sleep is most likely to occur when (core body temperature) decreases, while it hardly occurs during the increasing phases,” the study says.
- So, lowering the core body temperature gets you closer to “sleep mode.” And lowering your room’s air temperature is one way to do that. Basically, think of your bedroom like a cave: It should be cool, quiet and dark.
Ways to Achieve the Best Sleep Temperature
Here are a few ways to help lower your core body temperature so that you can sleep soundly.
- Use a Programmable Thermostat: Program a programmable thermostat to lower to around 65 every night so you never have to worry about it. If you’re uncomfortable at 65 degrees, feel free to move it up to 68 or 70.
- Turn on a Ceiling Fan: The air circulation from the fan will help evaporate sweat off your skin, taking heat away from your body (that’s called evaporative cooling).
- Drink Cold water: Drinking a few sips of ice-cold water at night will cool your core temperature, leaving you more comfortable.
- Shower Before Sleeping: While the shower will initially heat you up, you’ll experience rapid evaporative cooling when you get out, lowering your core body temperature as a result.
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