Trouble Sleeping? Adjust your Thermostat!
Before calling it a night, make sure your home is set to the right temperature. Your room temperature can have a significant impact on your sleep quality. Our bodies experience a slight dip in temperature at the end of the day. Turning your thermostat down at night will signal to your body that it’s time for bed.
If your bedroom is too hot, it can lead to discomfort and fatigue. Because your body temperature lowers at night, setting your thermostat too high can interfere with the way your body regulates temperature. A higher core body temperature can leave you feeling tired and restless. When you finally fall asleep, your sleep quality and the overall time spent sleeping are compromised.
To achieve the best sleep, you should set your thermostat to about 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, it may vary a few degrees depending on the person. Program your thermostat anywhere between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit to fit your requirements for a comfortable night.
If you have a new infant at home, setting the temperature a couple of degrees warmer will be most favorable. Set your thermostat between 67 to 69 degrees Fahrenheit if your infant is younger than 11 weeks. Because infants are small and still developing, their bodies react higher to temperature changes. A bedroom that is too warm may increase the risk for SIDS. Use approved sleepwear, avoid layers of heavy blankets and set your thermostat at a reasonable temperature to ensure the best sleep for your new addition.
There are some ways that you can prepare for quality sleep. Closing your blinds can reduce heat build-up during the day, keeping your room at a cooler temperature. Turning your thermostat down a couple of hours before you go to bed will ensure that your room is at the correct climate when you go to bed. Taking a warm bath an hour or two before bedtime will encourage a natural cool-down effect. Lastly, be sure to regulate the humidity in your home. If you have high indoor humidity or uneven airflow in your home, contact a professional about what kind of solutions are right for you.
Hopefully, these tips helped prepare you for a good night’s sleep. Have heating and cooling questions? Call 515-965-7272 or visit 72desgrees.com to schedule an appointment with us today!