Can the Temperature of Your Home Affect Your Sleep?
Not everyone has the easiest time falling asleep every night. Although this could stem from a health disorder, it can also be due to the temperature of your home. Believe it or not, having your environment too warm or too cool can cause you to toss and turn all night, and not get adequate sleep.
Believe it or not, nearly 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, according to the American Sleep Association. Thirty percent of American adults actually suffer from insomnia, which is just one of the many sleep-related complications that exist. However, other factors can affect how well you sleep at night, such as:
• Poor food choices
• Late night usage of electronics
• Excessive stress
• Longer than normal work hours
• Poor sleep environment
As much as insomnia can affect your good night of rest, there’s something even more significant, which can cause you to have red eyes in the morning, the temperature of your bedroom. How cool or warm your bedroom feels can diminish your night of sleep or prolong it.
Since sleep is integral to being focused and alert, it’s crucial to determine which temperature works best for you. The question persists, do you need a cooler or warmer environment for an optimal night of sleep.
For our bodies to ease into sleep, we have to drop our internal temperatures slightly, which is between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Maintaining a cold, cool environment is incredibly important to maintain healthy sleeping habits, such as a solid nine hours of rest. Although some people may prefer it to be warmer as they sleep, if the environment is too humid and stuffy, you may end up having trouble falling to sleep. You can also experience difficulty sleeping if your room is too cold where your body may not be warm enough to get a good night’s sleep.
Fortunately, you can remedy this, by sleeping with blankets and shed them as you sleep or purchase a smart thermostat and program it to get warmer or cold as you sleep. Although this may seem like a lot of work, it’s worth it for a good night of sleep.
Other ways you can help your body go to sleep is by reducing the amount of light your environment. After all, you’re going to have a difficult time sleeping if all your bedroom lights are on or the sun begins to peak through windows early in the morning. Also, if sounds are a
problem, you should work on soundproofing your room and reducing any noises that may be distracting your brain. Aside from the temperature of your own room, many other factors can contribute to a bad night of sleep, such as your bed. It’s crucial that you find the perfect mattress for your body. Since everyone has different body types, they’re also going to have different comfort preferences, such as different levels of firmness. However, this can become a real problem if you and your partner have extremely different preferences. Besides mattresses, another area of your bed that can impact your sleep are your pillows. There’s no doubt that you’re going to have a bad night of sleep if you’re using thin, worn-out pillows. It’s essential you replace your pillows every few months and get gel liners for additional comfort. Or, go all-in and purchase memory foam pillows for you and your family. These types of pillows will conform to your head and make it much more comfortable to sleep.
It’s surprising how many factors can affect your sleep. Take one factor out of play by contacting Beam HVAC today for a fall tune-up. With the help of Beam HVAC, you can start adjusting the temperature in your home and finally get a good night’s rest!