A comfortable bedroom is a crucial aspect of a good night’s sleep, and temperature is one of the strongest influences on comfort. Adjusting the temperature of your room at 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 varying preferences for sleep.
We’ll discuss what temperatures are ideal for sleep and why. Then, we’ll offer some ideas for HVAC equipment or accessories that could help improve sleep.
Your Body Is Designed to Cool Down During Sleep
According to the Sleep Foundation, the ideal bedroom temperature is approximately 65 degrees. Your personal preferences should have an impact, so anywhere between 63-67 is a good rule of thumb. But why is a cooler temperature more beneficial to sleep in?
Sleep occurs in cycles, and this pattern is known as a circadian rhythm. Our bodies use information such as the quantity of light and heat around us to keep the circadian rhythm in balance with what’s required for healthy sleep. Since the sun’s warmth disappears at night, the circadian rhythm can interpret 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 balance your internal temperature. For example, sweating helps dissipate excessive heat while shivering is the muscles’ attempt to warm 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 in tune to changes in temperature. Slightly warmer temperatures around 67-69 degrees are best, but make sure you’re also taking sleepwear and blankets into account. Heavy layers could be too warm, and any parent will tell you that infants only know one way to show their dissatisfaction.
Tips for Fine-Tuning Sleep Temperatures
If you’re having trouble finding your ideal sleep temperature, there are a few pieces of HVAC equipment that can make a big difference. These systems are especially useful for families, as different preferences can lead to butting heads 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 particular room or space in your home, a zoning system makes it quick and convenient. Members of your family that prefer extra heat or air conditioning at night can use a zoning system to provide their ideal sleep temperature.
Ductless mini splits: sometimes existing 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 implies, you don’t need any extra ductwork, which helps reduce installation costs. These compact systems are great for rooms adjacent to unfinished spaces like the garage or attic.
Smart thermostats: these programmable thermostats are one of the simplest ways to make precise, energy efficient adjustments 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 each night, a smart thermostat will automatically cool things down around bedtime. They’re compatible with zoning systems and mini splits as well, expanding your control over the temperature in every room of the house.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep with KDM Service Corporation
If your HVAC system is the reason you can’t fall asleep, let KDM Service Corporation know. We can offer suggestions and quality products ideal for maintaining comfortable nighttime temperatures. Schedule an appointment by calling us at 205-208-8090.