Tens of millions of Americans suffer from sleep deprivation. According to the CDC, more than 1 in 3 people don’t get enough sleep which not only leaves them feeling groggy and unproductive but can lead to the development of significant health conditions including obesity, strokes, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure in the future.
When you have tried cutting back on caffeine, maintaining a regular sleep schedule and reducing distractions, but are still struggling with getting enough Zs, maybe it is time to adjust your thermostat.
How the Wrong Temperature Can Ruin Your Sleep
Experts agree that the temperature of your bedroom can have a profound effect not only on the amount of time you take to fall asleep but also on how long you can remain asleep. During multiple sleep studies, researchers found that most people get their best quality in a cool room which is neither too hot nor too cold. This should not come as a surprise to you. How many times have you woken up in the early morning sweating or shivering? Probably more often than would like to remember.
So, is your bedroom at the right temperature for you to get the most from your shuteye?
For most people, the ideal sleeping temperature is anywhere from 60 to 67 degrees. You should consider starting to set your perfect sleeping temperature between an hour to an hour and a half before you plan on going to bed. By doing this, you will help to slow down your body and prepare it for a good night rest. You will get the best results when you avoid taking a hot shower, drinking hot beverages, exercising, or doing anything which may raise your body’s temperature a few hours before bedtime.
Lowering Your Room’s Temperature May Not be Enough for Some People.
Those who are sensitive to cold will still benefit from sleeping at a lower temperature. A good trick to feeling warmer while receiving the advantages of sleeping at a cooler temperature is to wear socks or place a hot water bottle under the covers at the foot of the bed. This will expand the blood vessels in your feet and gently raise your internal temperature without affecting your skin temperature too much.
Sleepers who are unable to lower the temperature in their rooms can still sleep cooler by using cotton sheets, cooling pads, an ice pack and staying away from memory foam mattresses and pillows which tend to retain heat.
Get a good night sleep by making sure that your HVAC unit is working well. The expert technicians at Buckeye Heating & Cooling will ensure you are getting the best performance possible. Do you want to make setting the right temperature for bed easy? Think about installing a new smart thermostat. Call 614-888-HEAT to set up an appointment.