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How Can You Know the Ideal Room Temperature for Sleeping?

Did you know that your thermostat setting can make or break your sleep? Experts agree that your sleeping area’s temperature determines how well you sleep. Keep reading to find out the ideal room temperature for sleeping.

Ideal Room Temperature for Sleeping for Adults

Generally, the ideal room temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 67 degrees. When you lie in bed while trying to sleep, your body temperature reduces to induce sleep. Therefore, a cool room helps you settle into sleep better. What’s more, the proposed temperatures help you maintain your sleep throughout the night.

Thermostat settings that are far higher or lower than the recommended temperatures can cause restlessness and affect REM (rapid eye movement) sleep quality. REM sleep is the stage of sleep during which you dream.

Besides setting the thermostat to lower the room temperature during your sleeping hours, you can improve your sleeping conditions by:

  • Keeping the room dark
  • Avoiding caffeine in the afternoon and evening
  • Wearing socks to prevent cold feet

What About Infants?

Infants can’t regulate body temperature as easily as adults. Additionally, they shouldn’t use as many covers to lower the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). For those reasons, they may require a slightly higher temperature for better sleep.

However, avoid turning up the thermostat by more than a few degrees to prevent infants from overheating. Raising the thermostat to between 65 and 70 degrees should be fine when trying to put your baby to sleep. Ensure the bed or crib is away from fans and windows to keep the temperature consistent.

For healthy sleep, make sure your room’s temperature is on the cooler side before retiring for the night. You can bump up your ideal room temperature for sleeping by one or two degrees for infants.

For more information on maintaining a comfortable environment in your Yuma-area home, contact the home-comfort experts at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company.