One underrated component of sleep health is the temperature of our surroundings.
Much research has been done on the connection between stress and sleep, and so a number of techniques have been developed to deal with the stress, namely meditation, dietary modification, and exercise routines.
The Temperature of Your Bedroom Will Affect Your Sleep
Yet, our body temperature is just as important as our stress levels. As we cycle through the various sleep stages, our body temperature adjusts both in response to various brain states as well as to facilitate these brain states.
And yet, our body temperature is intimately related to the room that we are sleeping in. If the room temperature is not optimal, then our body will have to work even harder to modify its internal temperature, making the entire sleep process less efficient and less restorative.
In this article, we offer 3 tips for creating the best room temperature for sleep, discussing easy changes that anyone can initiate to facilitate a better night’s sleep.
Don’t Be Stingy with Your Air Conditioning or Heat
Even though it might seem insignificant, the temperature of the house matters more than you think.
Houses are a modern luxury meant to serve our desires and needs. Yet, we often fall into a pattern of maintaining them from a place of fear. In particular, we often fear loss of money.
As a result, many of us focus on conserving energy in order to cut costs. One way we do this is by opening windows, especially during the summertime.
This might be good for the environment, but it can make our sleep less efficient at night. This is because our body desires a stable temperature in order to optimize its processes. But, opening windows causes various temperature changes in the house due to the outside temperature changes. This makes our body work harder to maintain its ideal temperature, which compromises the quality of our sleep.
Thus, to avoid this scenario, you should prioritize your sleep health over the cost of your energy bill.
You should start maintaining a stable room temperature throughout the night by manually setting the temperature using the HVAC system. Even though you might lose some money in the short-term, your improved health will pay huge dividends in the long-run.
Minimize Your Room as Much as Possible
Heat is attracted to objects because heat is alive. Even though we distance ourselves from it through the use of abstract concepts, heat is really just the energy transfer that occurs as molecules move.
If you view heat in this way, it becomes clear that the more material objects you have in your room, the more molecules that will collide with each other. Thus, more heat will be generated. This will raise the temperature of your room and force your body to work harder while you sleep.
If you want to create the best room temperature for sleep, you should minimize the material objects in your room. Then, you should use your thermostat to manually regulate the temperature.
Typically, humans do best in cool bedrooms, typically anywhere from 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sleep Nude if You Can
It might seem simple, but its effective. Ultimately, our clothing plays a more important role in our life then we think. But, animals didn’t evolve with clothing. Our bodies have been sculpted by evolution to self-regulate temperature. This is one function of our circadian rhythm, as our body regulates its temperature based on the cycles of the planet.
Yet, when we overburden the body with clothing, especially pajamas in the evening, we force our system to adjust its temperature to these layers, which steals energy away from the demanding process of sleep.
You should view your sleep as a romantic lover that you are going on a date with. You want to optimize the environment for this lover. You want to open the door for her, order a bottle of wine, and whisper sweet-nothings in her ear as you feed her a vine of grapes.
The idea is that you want to do everything you can to lessen the load on your body. The more your body has to work, the less likely it is to work for you. Just like a lover, if you love your body, it will love you back.
Thus, in order to create the best temperature for sleep, try removing some clothing layers. You’ll feel lighter and you’ll experience healthier, more efficient sleep.
Our Final Thoughts on the Best Room Temperature for Sleep
We think room temperature is an often-overlooked element of a good sleep routine. Our bedrooms at night deserve respect and love just as much as our bodies do – as ultimately our bodies are intertwined with our environment.
While some causes of sleep disorders are subtle and insidious, like mental health issues, adjusting room temperature is a more direct approach, even if it raises your monthly energy bill.
We recommend prioritizing the temperature of your house above your frugality, as this easy modification may pay dividends in the form of optimized health and deeper sleep.
Feature image via My Pillow Place