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What is the Perfect Sleep Temperature? How to Sleep Smarter

Are you sleeping well? As annoying and inconvenient as it may feel to devote seven to nine hours out of every day to lying down and resting, it’s an absolutely crucial part of maintaining a functioning human body. Sleep gives your body the time it needs to refresh and repair itself in many different ways. So how do you ensure you are set up for optimal sleep? A comfortable mattress, pillows, and sheets are a good start. So is establishing good habits surrounding bedtime (put those screens away!). But after you’ve thrown on your pajamas, set the alarm, and put your head down on your favorite pillow, there may be one thing keeping you from counting sheep: the perfect sleep temperature.

Anyone who has attempted to “cheat” their sleep schedule for too long will be able to relate to the unfortunate side-effects of sleep deprivation. No amount of coffee, energy drinks, or go-getter attitude can replace sleep, so it’s best to make sure you can get the very best sleep you can each night. Setting the thermostat at the right temperature for sleep can be the difference between a restful night and an uncomfortable waste of time. As it turns out, there is a science to finding the perfect sleep temperature.


The Right Temperature for Rest

According to The Sleep Foundation, the right temperature for a good night’s sleep is around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The Sleep Foundation’s studies showed that a temperature range from 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit provided the best, most comfortable sleeping conditions. Cooler temperatures work in-sync with your natural Circadian rhythm, which is part of your overall “body-clock” that helps regulate when you should feel awake and when you should feel ready to go to sleep. 

The Sleep Foundation emphasizes the importance of a cool room as it provides crucial cues that let your body know to release sleep-inducing chemicals like melatonin. Other ways to create the best possible conditions for a good night’s sleep include making a darkened room, using white-noise machines to block out distracting or irritating sounds, and keeping a lower temperature.


A Note for Newborns

When it comes to babies, the temperature for ideal sleep shifts up a few degrees. The Sleep Foundation recommends a temperature around 69 degrees Fahrenheit. Newborns cannot regulate their temperature as well as babies past 11 weeks old and need a little bit of extra warmth. Parents are, of course, advised to observe their baby’s comfort levels and adjust the nursery’s temperature as needed. As always, follow the guidance offered in regards to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome when it comes to putting anything in a baby’s crib when they’re asleep when it comes to items like blankets or crib bumpers.  


Set it Smart

Once you find your perfect sleep temperature, celebrate! You’re on your way to better, more restful nights spent in a perfectly comfortable dreamland. However, it can be a chore to set the thermostat down to the right temperature each night, and forgetting to do so can cost you hours of rest until you finally throw off the sheets and stomp over to your home’s thermostat. But don’t fret, because making sure your household shifts to the right setting for slumber is easy when you have a smart thermostat!

Smart thermostats like the Google Nest, the Wyze Thermostat, the Bosch Connected Control, or any other brand of smart thermostat works with you to provide easy control of your home’s temperature. These thermostats are all programmable so that you can set the ideal temperature throughout different times in the day and your home’s air conditioning system will do the rest. It’s like having an air comfort butler at your beck and call, especially when paired with an app that allows you to adjust your home’s temperature without even touching the actual thermostat! This not only keeps your home comfortable when it comes to bedtime, but it allows the larger HVAC system to anticipate your requested shifts in temperature and gently ramp your home’s temperature up or down as needed. 

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Counting Sheep and Savings

A programmed smart thermostat can also help you save money while you sleep! Smart thermostats are able to determine a home’s current temperature and adjust as necessary to make sure you have peak air comfort no matter what the hour. This can be a major energy saver as it saves your air conditioning system the extra effort of going full-force to raise or lower the temperature when you manually adjust it at the thermostat. A smart thermostat can save an average of $150-$180 annually! That’s enough to give anyone good dreams.



Exit Light, Enter Night

When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, don’t neglect setting your home to the perfect sleep temperature. Aim for somewhere around 65 degrees Fahrenheit and don’t be afraid to experiment with raising or lowering the temperature until you find the one that’s just right for you and your family. 

Keeping a home cooler in the evening hours can lead to a better night’s sleep because it helps regulate the natural rhythms of your body that induce sleepiness and maintain your body’s proper sleep schedule. Smart, programmable thermostats are great tools when it comes to making sure your home is comfortable. Once set, they adjust without any input and can alter a home’s temperature in a more energy efficient way than manually adjusting the thermostat every night. Updating your home with a smart thermostat can also save money throughout the year. Save yourself the nightmare of poor sleep by reaching out to your local, licensed HVAC service provider to assess your home and find the best solutions to lead you to sweet dreams. 

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