What is the Best Temperature for Sleep?

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Nikita Alexander - May 30, 2019 Nikita is Happy Beds' sleep and lifestyle content writer. A fresh English Language and Literature graduate, she loves classical literature, sunny city breaks and blogging about music events.

What is the Best Temperature for Sleep?

There are many factors to getting that all-important good night’s sleep. You have your cosy bed, dark room and silence, but what if you’re still tossing and turning unable to relax? Well, have you checked the temperature in your room?

 

The Best Room Temperature for Sleep

We are all unique in how we prefer our sleeping conditions to be – whether you’re a risk-taking individual who sleeps with the window open or you opt for three blankets and a duvet to drift off. However, it is important to point out that age is an important factor in creating the perfect bedroom temperature, as young children and the elderly tend to prefer slightly warmer temperatures as they sleep.

The Sleep Council states that the ideal temperature for a good night’s sleep sits at around 16-18⁰C for adults, with above 24⁰C or below 12⁰C being unhealthy room temperatures. Why are they unhealthy? Well, the organisation states that sleeping in a cold room effects your ability to nod off, whereas heat can cause restlessness.

 

Why is Temperature So Important?

Many underestimate the power of the perfect temperature for your bedroom; however, there is good reason to ensure your bedroom is neither too hot, nor too cold. Our bodies can do amazing things, and thermoregulation is definitely on this list – without knowing, our body can lower and raise our temperature depending on our environment and actions.

Our body changes temperature throughout the day, gradually increasing with each hour before dropping to new lows throughout the night.

As our body temperature increases, we feel more awake and alert – this is our body’s way of regulating our energy towards the more proactive times of the day. When 2pm strikes, our body will slowly begin to decrease our temperature in order to prepare us for sleep. Most people will hit their lowest body temperature at 5am, or around two hours before waking.

 

How to Maintain the Perfect Body Temperature for Sleep

So, if you’ve tried and tested all of the sleep remedies and herbal teas, perhaps the solution to your sleep difficulties could be fixed from a simple tweak to your room temperature.

You can maintain this room and body temperature in a number of ways, including adjusting the following:

  • The thermostat
  • Airflow by opening or closing a window, or using a fan
  • Amount of bedclothes and use of bed socks
  • Layers or material of bedding
  • Curtains or blinds
  • Who you share a bed with
  • Hot water bottles

 

Of course, changing your mattress could also help as the softer it is, the more it will retain heat. Therefore, a firm pocket-sprung mattress or a cooling gel alternative is ideal for those who get hot during the night and struggle to nod-off as a result. However, if you’re looking for added warmth, try a memory foam or latex mattress which will envelop your body.

We have a great range of 4ft beds and mattresses here at Happy Beds, so you’re sure to find the ideal mattress for your needs. But, if you do have any more questions, we’re on social and are always here to help.