If insomnia is a problem, consider changing the temperature of your bedroom.
If you’re the type of person that considers sleep a luxury because of an overly hectic schedule, then you should learn to make the best of those hours spent under the covers. One way to do this is by making sure your thermostat is set at a level for optimum rest.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends sleeping in a room that’s between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. This helps cool your body down two to three degrees, making it easier for you to go to sleep (and stay asleep) for the night. Lower or higher thermostat settings can make it more difficult to fall asleep, reduce sleep quality, and negatively affects your REM sleep, which is the most restorative sleep you get each night.
How Air Conditioners Can Help You Sleep Better
Your air conditioner can be an important tool in your arsenal for getting better sleep each night because it can maintain your desired temperature over long periods of time. Your air conditioner will turn on and shut off to achieve the level of coolness you need to sleep each night, especially if it’s paired with a programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat allows you to set your temperature based on your family’s lifestyle and comfort level, keeps your home at a consistent temperature for long periods of time and helps you save money on your energy bills.
Homeowners can save as much as 10% per year by simply raising or lowering the temperature 7-10 degrees Fahrenheit for even 8 hours a day—like when everyone is in bed.
With a programmable thermostat, you can start warming or cooling your house prior to your bedtime and create the perfect environment for amazing sleep. You can even select different temperature settings for each day of the week, taking into account later bedtimes on the weekends and earlier mornings when you have to go to work.
Once your room is at right comfort level for sleep, your programmable thermostat helps keep your room at a more consistent temperature, usually within one degree of the set temperature.
Your air conditioner can also help you sleep better by keeping your home free of allergens and other pollutant that cause congestion, coughing and sneezing. It keeps fresh air circulating throughout your home at night—especially if you keep it working at its highest levels of efficiency. Don’t forget to change your filter regularly and have it cleaned and serviced at least once a year.
We also recommend using the following proven techniques to improve your sleep quality:
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day of the week (even on the weekend). This helps set your internal clock.
- Create a bedtime routine that let’s your body know it’s time to go to sleep. Think warm baths, meditation and relaxing music or reading a book to get your mind and body ready for bed.
- Schedule your workouts earlier in the day.
- Make sure you have a comfortable bed with breathable bedding to keep you cooler at night.
Just imagine how much better you’ll fee when you consistently sleep better and more soundly. Contact a local HVAC professional to find out how you can keep your bedroom at the best temperature for a good night of sleep.