If you’re one of the many people who loves sleeping in a crisp, cold room — perhaps bundled under blankets — then you’re already well aware of the role air conditioning plays in helping people sleep in the summer. Available research shows that cool temperatures in your home help you get a good night’s rest, according to a recent article in the Huffington Post.
The best temperature for sleeping is between 60 and 67 degrees, the article explained. On the other hand, temperatures higher than 75 and lower than 54 degrees were shown to disrupt sleep. A good-quality AC system can help ensure your home’s temperature is ideal for catching some Z’s.
Why Do We Have Trouble Sleeping When It’s Hot?
The human body initiates sleep best when our body temperature drops as a result of being at rest, the article noted. People whose core body temperatures are higher than average and physically active people may have an especially difficult time falling asleep since their bodies have trouble cooling down. For these people, temperature is of the utmost importance when it comes to falling asleep quickly.
Optimum temperature is not only important for falling asleep more easily, but it’s also important for achieving a deep, restful sleep, the article explained. Cooler temperatures were shown to help people get more of the deep sleep their body needs. On the other hand, high temperatures led to more wakefulness at night, especially if humidity compounded the heat.
What’s the Big Deal About Sleep Anyway?
Insufficient sleep is described as a “public health epidemic” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not getting enough sleep can lead to a decreased ability to concentrate and remember information; poor performance at work; and even death or injury when people fall asleep at the wheel, operate industrial equipment when drowsy, or perform medical procedures on too little sleep.
Choose Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning
Brennan Heating and Air Conditioning can help you cool your home effectively so that you’ve got a better chance of sleeping soundly. We offer environmentally-friendly, Energy Star air conditioners, furnaces and other climate control products. We are happy to provide a free energy consultation to help you find the air conditioning system that is perfect for your home. Brennan Heating is an award-winning Seattle heating and air conditioning contractor. Contact us online or by phone at 1-877-BRENNAN.
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