According to the CDC, sleep deprivation affects 1 in 3 Americans. If you are among the more than 30 percent of people not getting enough sleep every night, you may suffer from a wide range of symptoms. The consequences of lack of sleep can include mood changes, weight gain, a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease, along with an overall weakened immune system.
There are many reasons you may not be able to get the 7 to 9 hours of continuous sleep each night that most sleep experts recommend. Perhaps you are experiencing extra stress at work or with a relationship. Or maybe you just set the thermostat in your bedroom too high.
Studies show that cooler temperatures can lead to falling asleep quicker and sleeping better throughout the night than warmer temperatures. In fact, the ideal temperature is usually between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. That is much cooler than the average bedroom in the US home which set to 68 degrees.
Why is it Better to Sleep in a Cooler Bedroom?
What is the reasoning behind a turning down the heat in your bedroom before getting into bed? It all has to do with circadian rhythms.
Before drifting off to sleep, the human body naturally lowers its internal thermometer in anticipation. When the external temperature of the room is too hot, it can take a person longer to reach the ideal body temperature which extends the time necessary to fall asleep. Higher ambient temperatures tend to lower the quality of sleep. This leaves the person groggy and irritable the next day.
Adjusting the Temperature to Improve Your Sleep
There are several ways to adjust the temperature of your bedroom to improve your sleep. Of course, you can lower the heat or switch on the A/C, but there are other ways as well:
- Avoid memory foam pillows and mattress as they can increase your body temperature.
- Use lightweight 100 percent cotton sheets.
- Take a cool shower before getting into bed.
- Invest in a specially designed cooling pad for your bed.
While most of your body may like to be on the cold side, your feet do not. Try to wear socks when you go to bed.
Are you looking to update your heating or cooling system in the Columbus, Ohio area? Buckeye Heating & Cooling is proud to be a family-owned company serving their neighbors since 1948. Buckeye technicians are well-trained, friendly and fully licensed. At Buckeye Heating & Cooling, we guarantee the work that we do and aren’t happy until you are satisfied. Call us at 614-888-4328 to speak with a customer care agent and learn how we can help you sleep better tonight.