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Is There an Ideal Temperature for a Good NIght's Sleep?

Do you struggle to sleep well at night? Do you ever wake up sweating, or can you just never seem to get comfortable? The root of the issue could lie in the temperature of your bedroom. Keeping the temperature too high at night has been linked as a cause of insomnia, or the inability to sleep.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal temperature for sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. It is slightly higher for babies, toddlers, and the elderly, who get their best sleep at temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees.

Body Temperature Changes at Night and Effects of Overheating

Your body temperature naturally lowers at night. Sleeping in a cool room helps your body achieve and maintain this temperature. Additionally, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, sleeping in cooler rooms helps produce melatonin, which is a hormone in the human body that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles.

Not only can sleeping at too-warm temperatures prevent you from getting a restful night’s sleep, but it can also cause additional health issues. According to NormalBreathing.org, overheating leads to many negative effects including hyperventilation, which can result in a C02 deficiency. It also increases mouth breathing in children, which can correlate to poor health.

How to Keep Your Room Cool

You don’t have to jeopardize your energy bills to achieve these cooler temperatures. In addition to lowering your thermostat, try some of the following tips and tricks to keep your bedroom cool:

  • Keep blinds and curtains closed.

  • Open windows once outside temperatures have lowered.

  • Use a fan.

  • Wear cool sleepwear.

  • Get a cooling bed topper.

If you have questions about your heating and cooling system or how to efficiently achieve comfortable temperatures in your home, contact Rescue Air Heating and Cooling. We provide 24-hour service and multiple financing options.