Getting a good night’s sleep is an integral part of your overall wellbeing. All you have to do is have a night or two of interrupted sleep to really understand what is at stake. Good sleep comes about as the result of good sleep habits.
This means doing things like going to bed and waking up at the same time, dimming the lights in your room and powering down your electronics within about an hour of bedtime. It’s also not a good idea to eat a heavy meal too close to bedtime. Another good sleep habit to adopt is to learn how to set your HVAC system to support good sleep.
What is the Ideal Temperature?
One of the most important things that you can for good sleep is to set your home at the right temperature. You may be wondering, what is the ideal temperature?
For optimum sleep, set your thermostat to between 60Fº and 67F º. When you fall into your deep REM sleep, your body actually looks to your room temperature to regulate itself, so that is how that temperature is derived.
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you may want to consider getting one, so that your home will automatically cool to the right temp at the right time every night.
You know how it feels on a muggy day? You are uncomfortable. You are sweaty, and it may even be a bit hard to breathe.
That is the same impact that high humidity in your bedroom will have on your sleep. High humidity will also spur mold and allergen growth, which can impact your health (which will cause sleep quality to deteriorate.
However, when humidity is too low, your skin gets super dry and itchy. Resolve the humidity issue by setting your humidifier to between 50 and 60 percent.
Run the Fan
Have you ever woken up sweating in the night? You won’t if you leave fans running.
The cool breeze is soothing. Running a fan can also save you money because you don’t have to drop the air conditioning as low.
It’s also very helpful to have the white noise of the fan running in the background to help you fall and stay asleep.
Don’t leave the quality of your sleep to chance. By setting your HVAC properly and attending to the other influences in your environment that help, you’ll get a good sleep every night.