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What is the Perfect Sleep Temperature?

Can’t sleep? Do you know the optimal room temperature to get the perfect sleep?

Can’t sleep? Do you know the optimal room temperature to get the perfect sleep?

The arguments certainly go back hundreds of years between couples. Most men seem to want the bedroom to stay colder at night. In contrast, women seek a warmer place. So who is right when it comes to finding the best night’s sleep?

Before we answer that, understand that getting a good night’s sleep is essential for many things ranging from your ability to have a productive day at work, pay attention during a conversation, and live an overall healthy and satisfying life. During the summer, it can be even more challenging to find and maintain a comfortable sleeping temperature. People spend thousands of dollars on new mattresses and various other things to achieve one night of good rest. Some even resort to prescription medications. (see 9 million Americans take prescription sleep aids).

The correct answer for many might be as easy as finding the right room temperature. Davison Heating and Cooling is dedicated to helping you find that answer because we believe finding the best temperature possible can help you be well-rested and ready to take on the day.

           Simply put, a bedroom that’s too hot or cold can be incredibly difficult to fall asleep in. Instead of finding that deep, beneficial sleep, you’re tossing and turning, throwing off or piling on blankets, and watching the hours tick by if your body finds the room you are sleeping in too hot or too cold. This is due to abnormal temperatures messing with our circadian rhythm, which is essentially an internal clock that controls various aspects of our lives, such as when we go to bed. Our brain associates a drop in temperatures with the setting sun and impending night and triggers the release of melatonin, a hormone that aids in sleep, as a response. When temperatures are too high, this can disrupt the release of melatonin and make it very difficult to sleep comfortably.

Setting your thermostat to a lower temperature at night can help you sleep.

Sleep researchers have done some extensive studies on the optimal sleep temperature and found that the best night’s sleep comes in a room that’s roughly in the 63-67 degrees Fahrenheit range, with a bit of wiggle room for people who prefer things on the warmer or colder side.

For infants and toddlers, it’s better to aim for a slightly higher 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit due to their smaller size, making it harder to regulate their internal temperature. Keeping the room at the right temperature is especially important for households with infants, as hot bedrooms have been linked to a higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Fortunately, we live in an era where most households have some degree of air conditioning, whether it’s a window unit or a central air system such as the ones we install. With proper maintenance and care, your AC can keep you at a perfect sleep temperature year-round, leaving you and your family well-rested and ready to take on the day.

So who has been right all of these years when it comes to the correct temperature? I guess that depends on the couple and what target temperature each feels is right for them. What do you keep your bedroom set at for the night?

If you need repairs or are thinking of upgrading your air conditioning unit, rest assured (ba dum tss) that the folks at Davison Heating and Cooling will be happy to help. Just give us a call. Even during the current supply shortages many companies are experiencing, and we have many air conditioning units in stock for installation in a matter of days.  From Swartz Creek to Imlay City, and everywhere in between, Davison Heating & Cooling will get you in the Comfort Zone.

Sean O’Bryan

Davison, Michigan estate planning attorney Sean Paul O’Bryan has been helping families for 30 years work through the complicated issues of trusts, wills, estate taxes, elder law, and probate avoidance. He is a noted author and speaker on a variety of estate topics. Sean is married and has 2 children, and lives on an active farm in Lapeer, Michigan with several horses, sheep, goats & chickens

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