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How to Find the Ideal Sleeping Temperature

How to Find the Ideal Sleeping TemperatureIt’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.

Saving Energy

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.

Sleeping Better

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). 

Want to Save Money and Sleep Better? Lower the Temp

Want to Save Money and Sleep Better? Lower the TempThere’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to refresh us and restore our energy levels so we can work and perform better the next day. If you’re not getting a full night’s sleep, it could be because of a number of factors, but one of the main reasons for sleeplessness is going to bed in a room that’s too warm.

Sleep experts maintain that 65 degrees is the optimum temperature for sleeping. It’s also a good temperature to set your thermostat for saving money on utilities. So here’s why and how you can accomplish both goals at once: sleep better and save energy by just lowering the thermostat.

Sleeping Better in a Colder Room

Our bodies are ruled by a biological process called circadian rhythms. This is how we respond to the 24-hour cycle of dark and light that determines our sleepiness or wakefulness. Sometimes, things interfere with these rhythms and ruin our sleep — caffeine and other stimulants, alcohol, watching TV or looking at electronic devices near bedtime, keeping lights on when we go to bed, and also, it seems, keeping the thermostat too high in winter.

Circadian rhythms naturally lower our body temperatures when darkness falls and it’s time for sleep. When the furnace is on too high, we may start sweating or feeling uncomfortable and wake up as our bodies try to adjust our temperature downwards. By turning the thermostat down to 65 — or, as experts say, adjusting the temperature a little higher or lower to meet your body’s individual needs — you can eliminate that interrupting episode and perhaps sleep the whole night through.

Programming Savings

Installing a programmable thermostat is a great way to save energy when you do this:

  • Set the temperature lower in winter when you’re sleeping or away; set it higher in summer for the same periods.

A programmable thermostat eliminates the need to always remember to adjust the thermostat prior to bedtime.

To learn more about how to save energy with a programmable thermostat, contact Roth Heating and Cooling of Portland. We’ve been emphasizing excellent customer service since 1976.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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