Many people tend to raise the thermostat between about 70 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit before they go to bed, which, according to a new study, is way above the temperature that’s actually optimal for sleep.

To get the best night’s sleep possible, experts say that homeowners should turn down the thermostat to around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Here are some of Warner Service’s tips for consistently getting a great night of sleep: 

  • For those who love to cocoon themselves in blankets, setting the thermostat to about 60.8 degrees Fahrenheit is best for your sleep environment
  • For those who always get too cold, put socks on your feet or take a hot bath before bed
  • For those who always get too hot, stick your hands and feet out from under the covers
  • For those who live in warm climates without air conditioning, you can do the following: 
    • Open the windows
    • Sleep with light sheets
    • Keep your blinds closed during the day
    • Hang a wet sheet in front of an open window

The role of temperature has proven to be more consequential to sleep habits than the presence of light. This is because it’s more than the temperature in the room that matters. It has to do with body temperature, too, which needs to drop by about 2 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit to help initiate sleep.

Unfortunately, your body temperature drops to its lowest point in the early morning, typically right before most people wake up. This is one of the main reasons as to why it’s always so hard to wake up in the morning. Your body is finally in the optimal temperature for sleep then your alarm goes off. Talk about bad timing.

However, a lot of homes are subject to broken thermostats or air conditioners in the middle of the night, which can also cause unsuccessful sleep efforts. If you need help diagnosing an unruly thermostat or HVAC system, contact Warner Service today. We’d be happy to take a look.

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