Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What’s the Ideal Sleeping Temperature?

It’s no secret that we can gain better sleep in cold weather. With the chill, we cuddle up into the covers, and keep ourselves warm rather than trying to cool off while sleeping. And it makes for a much better sleeping routine. The body is also able to drift deeper into rest with the cooler temperature. 

Because the brain actually runs at a lowered temperature during sleep, a room that’s too hot can keep you from drifting off into REM cycles. Or, even if you are able to sleep, levels that are too hot or even too cold, can cause you to wake every few hours. But what temperature is “right”? What is the best temperature at which one can sleep? Those who are naturally warm-blooded might want it fairly chilly, while those who are cold will need more blankets to sleep at the same temperature.

Research, however, shows it’s somewhere in between – ideally, air should range between 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Much colder and the body will have to try too hard to keep warm, while a warmer room can prevent you from cooling off throughout the night. Obviously this is easier to achieve in the spring and fall months, while reaching these same levels can create a hefty energy bills in the summer or winter. Thankfully, a heavy blanket or fan can help even out the excess ranges. 

To achieve the best night’s sleep possible – as predicted by science – keep your room at a chilly, but not too chilly temp. Not only can it help leave you more rested throughout the day, it can help you drift gently into rest each night. 

To learn more about how room temperature(s) can affect your routine, check out this comprehensive article from Web MD