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You’ve come home from a long day of work and your bed is calling to you. But after hours of tossing and turning, you still can’t fall asleep. You’re not alone. Many homeowners struggle to get a comfortable night’s sleep, and many of them face the same culprit: thermostat settings. Learn how to use thermostat settings to your advantage and help your body’s natural processes by keeping your room at a cool, comfortable temperature.

How Temperature Affects Sleep

When you’re drifting off to sleep, your brain attempts to lower your body temperature. This gentle drop in internal temperature induces sleep. If the temperature in your room is at either extreme, however, your body can have more difficulty reaching that temperature. Cooler temperatures tend to help the body rather than a warmer room, but even if the room is too cold, you’ll be tossing and turning. Comfort also affects the quality of REM sleep, which is crucial to a good night’s rest. Additionally, keeping your home’s ductwork clean can ensure smooth distribution of air to your home’s living spaces.

What’s the Best Temperature for Sleeping?

Keep your bedroom at a temperature that will help the body do its job. Many sleep experts recommend keeping your room between 65 and 72 degrees, but the specific temperature will vary depending on what an individual finds comfortable. This comfort is a good indicator of whether your body can maintain its internal temperature or if the external climate is interfering. Find other ways to maintain temperature other than cranking up the thermostat or turning it down. Many homeowners have found that memory foam pillows, while comfortable, make them feel warmer and disrupt their sleep. Placing socks on your feet will also keep your extremities from getting too cold. Don’t let uncomfortable temperatures keep you from a good night’s sleep any longer. If other factors, such as pervasive odors, are distracting you from sleep, call ServiceMaster 24 Hour at 813-603-2001 in Hillsborough County or 727-300-3773 in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Image provided by Shutterstock