June 23, 2014
If you’re like a growing number of Americans, you struggle with getting a full night’s worth of restful sleep.
You may have already heard that you should stick to a schedule and avoid caffeine, among other things. But did you know that some research has also suggested you adjust the temperature of your room?
A study that looked at the environmental and behavioral factors that influence sleep habits seems to indicate that the ideal temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 68°F, as cited on the New York Times website.
In addition, another study found that insomniac’s core body temperatures are typically warmer than normal sleepers.
Both studies seem to point to cooler temperatures than are typically found in a home contributing to a better night’s sleep.
While lowering your room temperature to 60°F would likely cost you much more money than you’re willing to spend, you can still drop the thermostat a few degrees at night to help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer.
And a programmable thermostat can automatically drop the thermostat for you every night, so you can just set it once and forget about it (isn’t technology great?).
Here are some other tips to help you feel cooler at night:
For those that have read some of our other Cool Today blog articles, this advice may seem contradictory to the advice we’ve previously given on using a programmable thermostat to raise the thermostat a few degrees at night while you’re asleep.
Here’s the difference: raising the thermostat can help you save money on AC bills. But lower temperature could help you sleep better. Yes, you’ll also be paying a little more on your energy bills, but it could be worth it.
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