There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep, then waking refreshed and ready to take on a new day. Thousands of hours of research have gone into analyzing the best environment to get the best sleep possible. From deciding what color to paint your room (it’s blue in case you’re curious) to limiting technology usage prior to bed, people do whatever it takes to get a restful sleep. Even down to dictating the temperature of their bedroom.
After multiple studies, sleep researchers at The National Sleep Foundation, discovered that your bedroom temperature should be between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. The science behind this is that as your body ventures into dreamland, your body temperature decreases. A cool room makes it easier for you to drift to sleep as opposed to a warm room.
Babies and toddlers enjoy a slightly warmer temperature, so a room between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit works best.
In contrast, recent recommendations from Energy Star®, a Federal program run by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), suggests that the optimal sleeping temperature is 82 degrees. This recommendation is designed to maximize energy efficiency and lower your energy bills. In fact the DOE states that you can save about 3 percent on your bill for every degree that you raise the temperature for your central air conditioning system.
So looking for a good night’s sleep without breaking the bank? Opt for a temperature somewhere in the middle. If you and your family are more heat tolerant, try sleeping with the windows open and a fan on to circulate stagnant air. As always, remember to turn your A/C off completely when you’re not home.
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