If you suffer from insomnia, the bedroom temperature may be too hot or too cold. Both can affect your sleep. Experts agree that the temperature of your bedroom, and how comfortable you feel in it, affect how well and how long you sleep.
The temperature in your home and quality sleep go together. Your comfort level is affected as is your REM (rapid eye movement) sleep quality. REM is the stage of sleep where you dream, and is an important stage to allow a restful, deep, sleep. When the room is too hot, it can interrupt the body’s natural dip in temperature, which causes you to toss and turn throughout the night feeling restless. In a cooler room, it’s easier to fall asleep.
At Home Energy LI, we believe sleeping in a cooler bedroom can benefit you for many reasons, including the following:
The Internal Clock
The body’s internal clock, also known as circadian rhythm, regulates many of your body functions, including:
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Body temperature
- Hormone release
These all act together, providing a better nights’ sleep and being more alert in the daytime. Your body temperature slightly rises and falls during a regular day. It’s all tied to your sleep cycle. Studies have shown some types of insomnia link to improper body temperature regulation.
Fall Asleep More Quickly
It’s simple math, really. Provide an environment for your body to fall asleep more comfortably, and it will. If it’s too hot or too cold, your body will waste energy trying to regulate, and leave you tossing and turning all night.
Get A Better Night’s Sleep
When your body isn’t trying to regulate itself, you’ll fall into a deeper, more restorative sleep. Research in Australia has also proven that sleeping in cooler environments can help decrease certain types of insomnia.
Look More Youthful
It’s been shown that sleeping in temperatures between 60-68 degrees will allow your body to release more melatonin, which is one of the best hormones to fight against the effects of aging.
Decrease Your Risk for Certain Metabolic Diseases
In a four-month study, it was determined that sleeping in a 66-degree room not only burned more calories while awake, but the amount of “brown fat” (or good fat) in the body increased. Brown fat allows your body to burn calories, not store them. Together, this could help lower the risk for metabolic diseases like diabetes over time.
Potentially improve your health
Sleep deprivation can lead to a host of negative health effects, including increasing the risk of developing obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
In fact, the National Sleep Foundation says the optimal temperature for the bedroom is between 60-70 degrees for a quality nights’ sleep.
One of the best ways to make sure that the bedrooms stay cooler at night is to install a thermostat that is programmable. Or, if you don’t have one, just create a habit that turns it down at night.