Everyone has their own sense of comfort, meaning different things can help us at night to fall asleep. Although some of us may be more fond of warmer temperatures, the best temperature is cooler and the healthier option for getting a good night’s sleep. We explore the science behind how temperatures affect sleep and what good comes out of colder climates at night.
How Temperature Affects Sleep
Our circadian rhythm regulates our sleeping, which is our body’s internal clock. The circadian rhythm can be affected by many things, including light exposure, exercise, and, most importantly — temperature. Our body temperature averages 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit and can fluctuate by two degrees when sleeping at night. Our bodies cool down when we are resting, and they gradually warm up by the time the morning comes. The human body has a way of cooling itself down for sleep, ultimately to make sleep more comfortable and easier to fall into rest.
What Happens When Your Room is Too Warm
Now that we know that our bodies have to be somewhat cooler when we sleep than during the day, it is safe to say that warmer temperatures can cause discomfort and restlessness, making it harder to fall asleep at night. Anyone who knows what it’s like to sleep in a stuffy bedroom can say that it is hard to fall asleep when you’re too warm and feel dehydrated. A bedroom that is too warm can negatively affect your body’s thermoregulation abilities and cause fatigue, only worsening existing discomfort at night.
The Advantages of a Temperature-Regulated, Cool Room
You never want your home to be too hot or too cold. You want it to be just right, of course! If you are having trouble regulating your home’s temperature, you might have a problem with your thermostat. If you suspect this is the case, get in touch with a professional right away to assess the problem. By setting your thermostat between sixty-seven to sixty-nine degrees Fahrenheit, your body will cool down faster, allowing you to fall asleep faster.
Tips for Keeping Your Room Cool
So, the best thing to do for your sleep is to keep your room cool. But how can you do that? There are many ways in which you can maintain a cool and comfortable temperature for sleep. If your bedroom has large windows facing the sun during the day, keep the blinds closed to reduce heat build-up. You can also turn off the thermostat at night during the colder months to allow room to cool down. Control bedroom humidity by keeping windows sealed, and you can turn a bathroom fan on if you have one nearby or in your room. Lastly, it is encouraged to take a warm bath an hour or two before bed as this produces a natural cooling-down effect on the body.
Create a Custom Cooling Schedule
We understand the difficulty of managing your house’s temperature, especially when you are going to work for eight hours a day. This is where custom cooling and digital thermostats can come in handy. Digital thermostats provide the ease of programming your house’s climate. This means you can start cooling your house down once you get out of work and you’re on your way home. You can come home to a cool and comfortable house with the new thermostat technology out there! You can turn off your HVAC and set it to run whenever it best suits your needs at home, even when you are away, so that you can have control of your home’s temperature when it comes time to rest.
Consider Having a Smart Thermostat Installed
If you like to operate your home’s devices through your phone, a smart thermostat is definitely for you. Smart thermostats also make it easier to control the temperature of your home, no matter what you are doing, no matter where you are. Smart thermostats are especially helpful if you are constantly on the go because they will begin to track and recognize how you normally adjust temperatures. They provide the option of adjusting temperatures automatically. This already takes a lot of worries and work off of your hands.
Keep Your Home’s Best Temperature Regulated with Scott Heating and Cooling!
Although the nights are cool now, once the warm spring air comes, it will become a bit more difficult to manage temperatures at night. Upgrade your cooling and thermostat with an HVAC professional to prepare for warm nights. Contact us today!