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What's The Best Temperature For Sleep?

Everyone knows that a bad night’s sleep means one thing — a bad day’s work. That’s why it’s so important for both your mental and physical health to get a good night’s sleep each and every evening.

If you have trouble sleeping through the night, you’ve probably already gone over the basic checklist: the TV is off, your room is dark, and no caffeine before bed

But, have you ever thought about how your room’s temperature is affecting your sleep? Studies show it’s greater than you may think.

How Temperature Affects Sleep

Though many of us would probably like to get ready for bed in a cozy warm room, research shows that’s a less than ideal setting for sleeping in.

Why is this, you ask? The reason all has to do with how your body reacts to REM sleep throughout the night.

Falling Asleep

Your body understands that the more tired it gets, the closer to night time you likely are and prepares for the temperature to drop. If the temperature doesn’t drop (thanks to your space heater or furnace) this can trick your body and make it difficult for you to fall asleep.

Staying Asleep

A question we’re often asked is, “What if I set my heater to only come on after I fall asleep?”

Unfortunately, that doesn’t work either. Throughout the night, your body’s core temperature changes. Once it you reach your deepest level of REM sleep, your body will be at its coldest point. As you leave REM sleep and begin to wake up, your body will gradually get warmer. If your heater kicks on in the middle of the night, it’ll likely confuse your body’s natural sleep processes and wake you up.

Getting the Ideal Night’s Sleep

Now that you know what not to do at night, it’s even more important to learn what you should do to get the best sleep. Most people find that a room set to anywhere from 60 to 67 degrees guarantees a restful night’s sleep. If you find that you're constantly waking up in the middle of the night because you’re hot, it may be time to consider installing an air conditioner.

If you want to learn more about Rescue Air’s air conditioning service in Richardson, please give us a call at (972) 201-3253. You can also get in touch with us is by filling out our contact form. When you do, one of our agents will get back to you as soon as possible. How may we serve you?