Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to their ideal sleeping environment. Whether or not you’ve really considered it before, temperature is a key aspect to making your bedroom as sleep-conducive as possible — because no one likes to wake up in the middle of the night shivering or sweating. Temperature genuinely affects the quality of your sleep, which in turn affects how you feel when you’re awake.
Studies have shown that the best sleeping temperature exists somewhere between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Whichever you choose within that range is up to you, but anything higher than 75 degrees or below 54 degrees will disrupt your sleep. Even if you don’t remember every time that you wake up due to temperature, your body will recognize it the next day. If you’re too warm or too cold as you sleep, you’ll often sleep restlessly, and therefore, less deeply. Warm temperatures, especially, will affect how you sleep. This is because warmer body temperatures help you feel more awake and alert, while colder ones generally help you feel more drowsy.
If you’re naturally a hot sleeper, there are a variety of ways to help you sleep cool at night so that you don’t have to use the air conditioner at night.
While some mattresses, especially memory foam mattresses, have been known for retaining body heat, those made with cooling gel memory foam allow you to enjoy the pressure-relief of memory foam without the excessive heat.
There’s also the Chili Technology Chilipad, which has been recommended by neurology specialist Dr. Christopher Winter. It reduces the cost of cooling your bedroom because it works directly on your mattress. Rather than having to run your air conditioning all night, you just use the Chilipad on your mattress as you would a mattress topper or protector. It’s designed so that you can control the temperature of your half of the bed, and your partner can control theirs.
You may also want to look into wool or Tencel bedding products, both of which work to keep the body temperature-neutral. Wool is a natural material that has simply gotten a bad rap over time for being uncomfortable and warm. Tencel is a manmade yet biodegradable material that will wick moisture away from the body. Bedding made of either of these materials will do a good job of keeping warm bodies cooler at night.
If you have any other tips for sleeping well at night, let us know in the comments!