Thermostat setting improves sleep.
Thermostat setting should be lower than you think for optimal sleep.
Most people don’t realize their thermostat setting can improve sleep. Setting your thermostat before going to bed is one of the simplest things you can do to get a good night’s rest. In a recent study, 67% cite, “cool room temperature” as the most important factor in getting a good night’s sleep.
So what is your optimal thermostat setting for sleeping?
At least 7 hours of sleep is recommended in a room that’s between 60 – 67 degrees F for adults and children; 65 – 70 degrees F for babies and toddlers. Experts state this setting helps the body maintain a temperature slightly lower than 98.6 degrees and is the best range for a good night’s rest.
What does my thermostat setting have to do with sleeping?
Throughout the day, your body temperature rises and falls slightly, creating a pattern tied to your sleep cycle. As you start to unwind, your body temperature drops one or two degrees, and climbs slightly as morning begins. Therefore, the air in your room can affect the quality of your sleep. In fact, studies indicate some forms of insomnia are associated with an improper regulation in body temperature.
Setting your thermostat correctly will help you avoid those fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. “Your body releases more melatonin, one of the best anti-aging hormones that doubles as a sleep hormone. “Sleep is a time for the body to heal, renew, and eliminate toxins from the skin,” according to Dr. Guy Meadows, a leading UK sleep specialist. Other studies show sleeping in a 66-degree room helped people to burn more calories while both awake and asleep.
How to maintain the correct temperature when setting your thermostat.
One of the most efficient ways to maintain the optimal temperature is to install a programmable thermostat. Then you can program the thermostat according to your schedule, and some even track live weather and the weekly forecast. To help your body adjust to nighttime, set it to begin warming or cooling prior to bedtime, adjusting it for when you awaken. Pair this with dimming the lights and you will be all set for a restful night of sleep.
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