Are you one of those people that has to sleep in a freezing room, covered in plenty of blankets? Or maybe you can’t fall asleep unless your room is on the warm side. Everyone has their preferred temperature that they believe will help them get their best night’s rest--but what if your temperature was actually the reason you aren’t getting a good night’s rest?
How Does Temperature Affect Your Sleep Quality?
Aside from playing a major role in your comfort, temperature can actually affect your overall sleep quality.
When you’re trying to fall asleep, your brain will attempt to lower your overall body temperature, and this slight drop in temperature is what helps induce sleep. If the room is too hot or cold, your brain will have a difficult time achieving the right body temperature for a healthy night’s sleep, therefore making you become restless and even have difficulty falling asleep.
If your room isn’t at a healthy temperature while you sleep, your body will try to regulate its internal temperature by causing you to sweat and shiver, which will disrupt your sleep, and sometimes cause you to wake up.
What Temperature Range Should You Aim For?
If you’re very particular about your air, you could be on the right track--as long as you’re within a very specific range. Research tells us that the best room temperature for sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.
How Can You Make Sure Your Room Stays the Right Temperature?
Keeping your room between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 and 19.4 degrees Celsius) is easier than you think!
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Set a thermostat within the preferred range
- Set ceiling fans to turn counterclockwise to pull hot air out of the room
- Place an aloe vera plant on your nightstand to keep your room cool
- Thick curtains and a rug can help your room warm overnight
Know Your Air
Understanding how the air in your bedroom affects your quality of sleep can help you have healthier and more restful nights. Of course, it isn’t easy to keep track of your air and sleep at the same time, which is why an indoor air quality monitor, like Awair, can help.