Fresh sheets, fluffy pillows, pitch-black room — you’ve got your bedtime preferences all figured out. Some days, however, you wake up still feeling tired. What gives?
Experts say that your room’s temperature might be the cause of your bad sleep. Although many people overlook the issue, a cool and stable indoor temperature can mean the difference between waking up refreshed and feeling like a zombie the next morning.
The Goldilocks Temperature for Sleep
In a period of 24 hours, your body temperature naturally rises and dips. Your internal temperature is usually at its peak in the early afternoon, and at its lowest in the early morning. This is because your body naturally cools down while you’re asleep. So, facilitate a deeper sleep at night by snoozing in a colder room — the cooler conditions will help your body to reach the optimal sleeping temperature faster.
According to the Medical Director of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine, Dr. Christopher Winter, for optimal sleep, your room temperature should be between 60 to 67 degrees. Temperatures below 54 and above 75 degrees, on the other hand, may disturb your sleep.
Should You Turn the Temp Down, Then?
Apart from a restful night, you can get more benefits from sleeping in a cooler room. For instance, it can help decrease the risk of developing metabolic diseases, including diabetes.
Naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner, moreover, discourages sleeping in a warm room if you wish to look younger. This is because dozing off in a room that’s warmer than 70 degrees prevents your body from cooling off naturally, which disrupts the release of melatonin and growth hormone.
Melatonin is one of the body’s most essential anti-aging hormones. After its release at night, upon exposure to complete darkness, the body reacts naturally by dropping your temperature. As a direct response to the drop in temperature, your body releases high levels of growth hormone — an equally important anti-aging hormone.
So, when you sleep tonight, apart from your usual bedtime preferences, be sure to check the room’s temperature. Ponds Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning even recommends getting your AC checked to make sure it can consistently control the temperature while you sleep. Not only will you fall asleep faster, you’ll also wake up feeling energized and looking younger.