Ever wonder what role temperature has when it comes to snoozing? Or maybe you are wondering what the ideal temperature is so you can get better quality of sleep at night! Let’s dig deeper.
The Perfect Comfort Zone for Sleep for Adults
What’s the optimal temperature when you go to bed at night? For adults, your bedroom can be set between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s because of the science behind how you sleep: as you lay in bed before falling asleep, your body temperature actually decreases to initiate sleep. So, according to science, being in a room somewhere between 60 and 67 degrees can help that to happen (1)!
Some people prefer to fall asleep at temperatures closer to 70 degrees, and that’s fine too, but it’s great to know what the research says.
If needed, try a dehumidifier which works to remove moisture from the air. They’re typically placed in rooms with more moisture than others such as basements, secluded bedrooms, etc.
A dehumidifier pulls air with excess moisture from the room, reprocesses that air and then redistributes it in your home. On the other hand, if the air in your home is dry, a humidifier does just what it sounds like, adding moisture to the air. This helps with dryness of your skin and can even impact how you breathe.
A few other tips to make sure you are totally comfortable when going to sleep:
- Try out a white noise machine
- Make sure you are sleeping in darkness
- If all else fails, try to wear socks which has been shown to help dilate blood vessels which can help set your internal thermostat to its ideal state (1)
The Perfect Comfort Zone for Toddlers
So what about the little ones?
Even though our core body temperature will dip before we go to sleep—and lowering temperatures in our homes can help with that—we of course don’t want the temperature to be too chilly for our kids. Aiming for around 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit is a good idea for toddlers, though it’s always a good idea to check with your pediatrician before changing up your current habits. You can layer them with clothes as needed, depending on their individual preference level (2).
A few other tips that have been proven to help toddlers be as comfortable as possible when falling asleep:
- Make sure you are decompressing in the hours leading up to their bed time (versus doing activities that are high energy and noisy in nature)
- Get a routine established as much as you can. Hey, it’s an obvious one but at least you can be more intentional about it!
- Encourage a lot of fresh air and exercise during the day. One more great thing about getting enough play and exercise: it can help them fall asleep, and stay asleep, at night (3)
The Perfect Comfort Zone for Working Out
Lucky enough to have a home gym or an area where you work out at home? For many of us, the optimal temperature for working out just depends on our personal preference! OSHA’s done the research, and the ideal range is from 68-74 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, they say how the humidity levels should ideally range between 20-60 percent (4).
The Perfect Comfort Zone for the Office
Wondering what’s the “best” temperature for your home office or your office building?
People have argued colder temperatures will mean people will be more productive. A study by Helsinki University of Technology and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said that the optimal range is between 69.8 to 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit. They also found research to suggest that people have highest at about 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The one part that’s unclear though is how humidity would impact that, as the moisture in the air has such a huge factor in how comfortable we feel (5).
Interestingly, another study showed that most people aren’t that comfortable in their office! They found that:
- 45 percent of people find their office is too cold; 14 percent felt it was too warm
- 41 percent said the temperature was just right
- 79 percent said they believed the temperature in the office did impact their productivity (5)
Take Advantage of Your Programmable Thermostat
No matter what temperature you like best, consider using a programmable thermostat if you aren’t already. This way, you can effortlessly adjust the temperature to the exact point of your own comfort, at any time of the day. Create a schedule based on your routine and desired temperature settings, and you can save money, have more consistent comfort in your home, and keep your HVAC system optimized.
Greater Comfort: Ensuring Your Comfort Year-Round
If you are ready to take action and discuss your heating and cooling needs, now is the time to call. Contact the experts at Greater Comfort today to ensure that your HVAC system is working as efficiently as possible this winter: 859-491-4915.