It’s the middle of the night. You have work tomorrow. But somehow, you can’t seem to get to sleep. Perhaps you’re lying awake worrying about your latest energy bill. It was much higher than you expected after running the heat to stay warm through the Portland winter. Fortunately, both your current problems can be solved with the same easy fix: turn your thermostat down when you go to bed. Your ideal sleeping temperature is likely lower than you realize.
Turning your thermostat down a few degrees at night is a great way to save energy. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can even set it to go down automatically, every night around the time you usually go to bed.
You may be thinking, “But night is when it gets coldest! That’s when I need heat the most!” But at night, you also have blankets. If you get cold, you can always add another one to get comfortable. But if the air in your home is too warm, there’s not much you can do.
Not only is lowering your thermostat a good way to save energy, it can also help you get to sleep, if you’re otherwise having trouble. The body’s temperature drops slightly as you drift off, so lowering the temperature of the room can help this occur faster and let you fall asleep sooner.
On the other hand, there’s nothing that can ruin sleep faster than cold feet. But wearing socks to bed, or placing a hot water bottle by your feet, can offset this and help you sleep soundly.
So what is the ideal sleeping temperature? Some experts say it’s between 67-72 degrees. Others put 67 degrees as the upper limit, and say you can go as low as 60. Everyone’s body is different. So experiment with different temperatures, to see which one works best for you. You’ll be saving energy and getting a good night’s sleep in no time.
For more help finding your ideal sleeping temperature, contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling today. Portland trusts us for all their HVAC needs.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).