A comfortable bedroom is an important part of a good night’s sleep, and temperature is one of the strongest influences on comfort. Tweaking the temperature of your room each night by just a few degrees can increase the length and quality of your sleep. But just like how people have different comfort preferences, they also have different preferences for sleep.
We’ll review what temperatures are ideal for sleep and why. Then, we’ll share some ideas for HVAC equipment or accessories that could help improve sleep.
Your Body Is Designed to Cool Off During Sleep
According to the Sleep Foundation, the ideal bedroom temperature is approximately 65 degrees. Your specific preferences will have an impact, so anywhere within 63-67 is a good rule of thumb. But why is a cooler temperature better to sleep in?
Sleep occurs in cycles, and this pattern is known as a circadian rhythm. Our bodies use information including the quantity of light and heat around us to keep the circadian rhythm in balance with what’s needed for healthy sleep. Since the sun’s warmth dissipates at night, the circadian rhythm interprets cooler temperatures as a better environment for sleep. This is why a cooler, dark bedroom is easier to fall asleep in than a room that’s hot and well-lit.
As you fall asleep, your body shuts down a lot of automatic processes that help regulate your internal temperature. For example, sweating helps dissipate excessive heat while shivering is the muscles’ way of warming themselves up. When you don’t regulate the temperature of your bedroom, even small changes can be noticeable enough to wake you up.
Keep Bedrooms Warmer for Infants and the Elderly
Infant children are still developing, and their smaller bodies are more sensitive to changes in temperature. Slightly warmer temperatures around 67-69 degrees are best, but make sure you’re also taking sleepwear and blankets into consideration. Heavy layers may be too warm, and any parent can tell you that infants only know one way to show their dissatisfaction.
Tips for Fine-Tuning Sleep Temperatures
If you’re having trouble reaching your ideal sleep temperature, there are a few pieces of HVAC equipment that can make a noticeable difference. These systems are especially useful for families, since different preferences can lead to disagreements over the nighttime thermostat setting.
Zoning systems: a zoning system has a series of dampers and levers in your ductwork to alter the direction of airflow. If you want to adjust the temperature for a specific room or space in your home, a zoning system makes it quick and easy. Members of your family that like extra heat or air conditioning at night can use a zoning system to provide their ideal sleep temperature.
Ductless mini splits: sometimes current equipment and personal preferences just aren’t compatible. Fortunately, a ductless mini split can deliver fine-tuned comfort for single rooms or smaller areas. As the name suggests, you don’t need any additional ductwork, which helps save on installation costs. These compact systems are useful for rooms near unfinished spaces like the garage or attic.
Smart thermostats: these programmable thermostats are one of the easiest ways to make precise, energy efficient improvements to the indoor temperature. Intelligent programming can monitor how you use your HVAC system and establish the best day-to-day schedule. So if you want a cooler bedroom every night, a smart thermostat will automatically cool things down around bedtime. They’re compatible with zoning systems and mini splits too, expanding your control over the temperature in every room of the house.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep with Farris Heating & Air
If your HVAC system is the reason you can’t fall asleep, let Farris Heating & Air know. We can offer recommendations and quality products ideal for maintaining comfortable nighttime temperatures. Schedule an appointment by calling us at 918-333-0376.