Believe it or not, temperature plays a substantial role in how well we sleep at night. Many people tend to have trouble sleeping on the hottest days of summer and the coldest days of winter. Our bodies are incredibly temperature-sensitive which means it’s essential to be comfortable before going to bed to ensure healthy sleep. If you’ve been having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you might want to look into your thermostat settings before going to bed.
Temperature for adults:
The perfect temperature to fall asleep differs depending on age and whether they tend to be hot or cold sleepers. However, the general temperature range for adult sleep is between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit.
Temperature for Infants:
Infants tend to sleep better at temperatures a few degrees warmer than adults. Babies have a more challenging time regulating their body temperature compared to adults. This being said, it’s essential to be very careful not to make their room too hot, and to check in on your infant regularly throughout the night. Babies can suffer from sudden infant death syndrome if their sleeping environment is too warm.
How to sleep most comfortably:
- Turn on AC or open a window to prevent stuffiness.
- Use lightweight sheets in the summer and heavier blankets in the winter.
- Invest in a breathable pillow, blankets, etc.
- Test different temperatures at night and see how your sleep is affected.
- Run a fan during warmer months to get colder air from the AC circulating.
At the end of the day, everyone’s body is different, so there’s no exact right or wrong temperature that everyone needs to sleep. Listen to your body and try different things to see what works best for you.