Anyone who’s spent a muggy summer night tossing and turning or has shivered all night under a thin blanket knows that temperature can drastically impact sleep patterns. If you’re consistently waking up tired, it may be due to a poorly ventilated room or a weak air conditioning system. Below you’ll learn more about the ideal temperature for sleeping as well as a few tips for getting there.
How Does Temperature Affect Your Sleep?
When your body enters the first stage of sleep, your body temperature drops; this triggers the second phase of sleep. During the second phase, brain activity slows, preparing you for the third and fourth stages of deeper sleep that will eventually lead to the stage known as rapid eye movement, or REM. If the temperature in your room is too hot, the initial temperature drop is harder to achieve, and you may find it harder to fall and stay asleep.
Once you’re fast asleep, temperatures can still impact your resting hours. In general, experts recommend a thermostat setting between 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. However, a poorly ventilated room may feel stuffy and warmer than other areas of your house. If your thermostat isn’t in your bedroom, it can be a hassle to work with your air conditioning system at night.
How Can You Achieve an Optimal Temperature for Sleep?
The right temperature for sleeping is different for everyone, so you may have to experiment with your air conditioning system before you find the right setting. If your family has a wide range of sleep preferences, you may find it easier to install ductless air conditioning systems in your bedrooms. These units can be adjusted to fit the preferences of the person who sleeps there, allowing you to change each room’s temperature without affecting comfort levels throughout the rest of your home.
Looking for a ductless unit that will help you sleep in comfort? The options from Mitsubishi Electric are designed with a Zoned Comfort Solution™ to keep every room in your home a pleasant temperature. If you want to upgrade, have these units installed by the Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractors™ at Atlantic Heating & Air Conditioning. They’re currently offering up to $500 off a new air conditioning system. To learn more about their services, visit them online or call (617) 566-6990.