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Enter sandman: temperature control for better sleep

By Your Advisor 3/14/16 9:00 AM Time to read:

 Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? While some people may have a bedtime routine, most don't consider room temperature as much as they should. A room that is too hot or cold may be the reason for your restless nights. Although you may be tempted to save energy by keeping temperatures as low as possible in the winter and as high as possible during the summer, it may adversely affect your personal biorhythm. Let's begin by taking a look at the science of optimal sleep and how you can better control your home's temperature for an ideal sleep environment.

The Science of Sleep

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that bedroom temperatures should be between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for your body to get the best possible sleep. From the moment you lay down on your mattress to get ready for bed, your body temperature decreases to initiate sleep. A room that is too warm interferes with your body's natural dip leading to restlessness. A warm room interrupts your Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep stage. This is the stage when you get your deepest, most restful sleep and dream. A cooler room is much more conducive to better sleep.

Zoning for Comfort

No two people have the same comfort level. For example, if you have a baby at home, it might be better to raise the thermostat a bit higher, between 65 and 70 degrees. If that is not your optimal temperature, a zoning system can help. Zoning enables you to segment different areas of your home according to common heating and cooling requirements. Each zone will have its own thermostat, making custom settings easy.

Smart Thermostats for Better Sleep

Throughout the day, your body temperature fluctuates, falling slightly at night. Your body's temperature reaches its lowest point around 5:00 am and slowly increases during the morning. Smart thermostats offer schedule adaptability, enabling you to program it to your desired temperature based on your family's daily calendar. All you have to do is input the times you go to bed and wake up along with a corresponding temperature. On top of that, modern heating and air conditioning systems are virtually silent so that you can achieve ultimate sleep comfort all night long.

If these home additions sound like they could contribute to a better night's sleep, contact us. Our trained HVAC technicians can install these systems in no time. Call us at (909) 792-2222 or schedule a service or quote.