It’s been a long day. Meetings, running from place to place, a quick workout squeezed in just before arriving in the nick of time to your child’s baseball practice. You did it! You completed the day.
You’re all cleaned up and in your favorite soft jammies just about to hop into freshly washed sheets that are calling your name. You jump into bed, sigh as your body melts into a restful bliss and you drift off…
Just to wake up a few hours later in a puddle of sweat… great! Maybe it’s the humidity, or your hormones causing the rage of sweat or maybe you just don’t have the right temperature set on your thermostat to promote peaceful sleep?
Why does temperature matter when we are sleeping?
When you finally hit the hay your body temperature can be 1 to 2 degrees lower than in the daytime. Losing heat actually helps you stay asleep. As the dreaded alarm clock approaches, your body temperature naturally starts to rise to prepare for waking up.
How does temperature affect sleep?
Being overheated will also cause less time spent in REM sleep, which is the deepest and most restorative sleep. Less time in REM sleep will cause grogginess the next day and can negatively impact bodily recovery and the immune system, as well as learning, memory, and other processes. (1)
What is the ideal temperature for sleeping?
Tips to keep your room cool.
- Take a hot bath an hour or two before bedtime to encourage a natural cool down effect
- Turn your fan on and keep your bedroom doors open to increase circulation
- Make sure all your HVAC vents are fully open to keep airflow moving and your HVAC system running efficiently
- Consider installing a programmable thermostat to automatically cool to your desired temperature at night so you don’t have to think about setting it
- Move downstairs to sleep during the hotter months
If you need help keeping your home comfortable at night, that is what we are here for. Call us at 281-356-8564 and you’ll be on your way to more peaceful sleep in no time… and we ALL need that!