Who wins the thermostat war in your bedroom? She thinks it’s too cold, he thinks it’s too hot and the bachelor thinks its ideal. But who is “right”? What is the best bedroom temperature for getting a great night’s sleep? You might be surprised to learn that getting a better night’s sleep is not entirely about your preference in room temperature. When it comes to room temperature and improving your quality of sleep, a cooler room wins.
Before you hot-blooded sleepers gleefully hand your partner a set of earmuffs, you should know there is relativity here. You want to think of your bedroom as a cave: dark, quiet and cool.
In an article on sleep disorders via WebMD, our internal body temperature drops to its lowest during our most restorative hours of sleep. The theory is to match the room temperature to this lowered body temperature. Sleep disorder experts support this theory, along with Stanford University professor, H. Craig Heller, who wrote a chapter on room temperature and sleep quality for a medical textbook.
Dr. Heller explains,
“When you go to sleep, your set point for body temperature — the temperature your brain is trying to achieve — goes down. Think of it as the internal thermostat. That mild drop in body temperature induces sleep.”
Basically, if the room is too cold or too hot, the body struggles to achieve this set point. This struggle wakes us up to correct our internal temperature (via kicking off blankets to cool down, or bundling up to get warm).
Of course, there is no perfect degree for everyone across the board. You will have to find out which temperature works best for you and/or your bedmate, but a range of 65°-72° Fahrenheit is suggested as a starting point. Keep in mind, the room should be comfortably cool, dark and quiet to achieve this improved quality of sleep.