The Connection Between Sleep & Temperature

Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our body’s overall health and well-being, and it affects our emotional, physical, mental, and even social health. Adequate rest is associated with benefits to your productivity, immune system, and mood– and lack of it can lead to negative health outcomes over time.

We hear a lot about the amount of sleep we should be getting, with adults targeting between 7 and 9 hours per night, but the quality of the sleep itself is also important. Sleep quality refers to how restful your sleeping hours are. If sleep quality is poor, you might find yourself feeling tired throughout the day even if you got the requisite 9 hours the night before.

How Temperature Affects Sleep

One way to improve your sleep quality is by ensuring your environment is at an ideal temperature. Sleeping in a room that’s too hot or too cold may make it more difficult to fall asleep in the evening, or cause an increase in tossing and turning. It may wake you up completely, causing notable sleep disturbances. Sweating and abrupt changes in body temperature have also both been proven to disturb sleep patterns.

As part of your circadian rhythm, your body gives off heat when you go to bed. It continues to do so, growing cooler in the process, until the early morning. Being in an environment that is either too hot or too cold may disrupt the body’s natural cooling process.

Since the temperature in your bedroom may vary based on the time of year, you may have to adjust your bedding material to compensate and avoid overheating or cooling. For example, a thin blanket may be all you need in the humid summertime, while a heavier comforter may be needed to keep warm on cold winter nights.

The Best Temperature for Sleeping

Scientists have studied the question of exactly what temperature is best for people looking to achieve optimal sleep quality at night. Results vary across studies, but an overall view suggests that there may be an ideal range of 64 to 75 degrees. Ultimately, the best temperature for sleeping is whichever one feels right to you, allowing you to sleep comfortably without disturbances.

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