Does the Temperature Affect Your Sleep?

Do you know the ideal temperature for your bedroom?

Do you and your significant other argue about the temperature of the bedroom? Do you want the room warm while your partner wants it cool? Wondering if your poor sleep and tossing and turning could be due to the temperature of your bedroom? It’s true that temperature can certainly play a role in how well you catch your ZZZs. Our Bradenton, FL, sleep medicine specialist Dr. Jeremy McConnell can help you improve your sleep hygiene through simple lifestyle changes such as changing the temperature of your room.

What is the ideal bedroom temperature?

The ideal temperature should be around 65 degrees F. This temperature will help your body get ready to sleep. While infants may require a slightly warmer bedroom, this is the standard bedroom temperature that everyone else should follow (plus, it gives you an excuse to cozy up under those warm, cozy covers).

While you may simply alter the thermostat to stay between the 60–67-degree F range, you may wish to open windows or use fans to help keep you cool while you sleep, especially during the warmer months.

How does temperature affect sleep?

Our bodies all have an internal clock known as circadian rhythms. These 24-hour cycles help you fall asleep at night and wake up every day. By the time you go to bed your body’s temperature starts to drop and will continue to do so until around 5 am. As your body’s temperature drops you may notice that your extremities get warmer. This drop in temperature also prepares the body for sleep. So, having a cooler room can also help to induce sleep.

So, if you happen to keep your room just a little too hot (or too cold) this can affect the body’s natural cooling temperature and affect the quality of your sleep. In fact, studies have found that the temperature of your bedroom is one of the biggest factors for determining the quality of your sleep.

If you find yourself having trouble falling or staying asleep despite improving your sleep hygiene, it may be worth it to visit our Bradenton, FL, sleep doctor to find out what’s going on. You could be dealing with a sleep disorder that simply requires treatment to help you achieve a good night’s rest. Call Florida Sleep Specialists at (941) 792-8383 to schedule a consultation with us.