Smart Utilization of the Thermostat for Better Sleep

There are so many factors that play a role in whether or not we get a good night’s sleep, and one that’s perhaps underrated is our home’s HVAC system. Comfort and sleep go hand in hand, and the air quality and temperature you sleep at play a big role in this kind of comfort.

At My Buddy the Plumber, we’re happy to help with any air conditioning repairs or tips that might help you get a better, more comfortable night of sleep. Here are a few important thermostat-related areas to consider when it comes to sleep quality, plus some additional tips we can offer on utilizing your HVAC system intelligently to assist with sleep.

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Ideal Sleeping Temperature Range

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the optimal temperature range for humans during sleep is found between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Where exactly you fall in this range is mostly up to you, but sleeping in significantly colder or warmer temperatures can lead to restlessness and a lack of quality REM sleep – the sort that leads to a refreshed, awake feeling in the morning.

One additional tip: If you have a baby who sleeps in the same room as you, it’s good to up the minimum temperature during sleep a bit. The ideal range for babies is between 65 and 70 degrees.

Programmable Thermostat

If you’re looking to improve both your sleep habits and the convenience of general use with your HVAC system, strongly consider a programmable thermostat if your home does not already have one. Unlike the manual thermostat, which must be adjusted by hand every time you want to change the temperature, a programmable thermostat can be scheduled in advance to automatically change temperatures at the times of your choosing.

So for instance, let’s say your normal sleeping hours are from 11PM to 7AM, and you prefer the temperature at 70 degrees during waking hours. You can simply set your programmable thermostat to 70 for the hours you’ll be at home during the day, then set it to 67 or whatever your preferred sleeping temperature is for the 11 to 7 range each night. From here, you can also set the thermostat to do significantly less work when you aren’t home during the day, saving you significant sums on your energy bill in some cases.

Zoned HVAC System

In other cases, you might consider a zoned HVAC system featuring multiple thermostats. Each one is responsible for a different part of the house, and controls it separately. This allows you to adjust the bedrooms apart from other rooms in the home during sleep.

Other Tips

A few other basic air-related tips when it comes to sleep:

  • Fans: Ceiling fans can not only help create a downdraft for optimal temperature ranges, but can also cycle air through and keep it clean.
  • Humidity: Another factor in sleep quality is humidity, which should be between 40 and 45 percent. You can check this with a home device, and consider dehumidifiers or humidifiers in rooms or your entire house if you have issues.

For more on utilizing your thermostat to get a better night of sleep, or to learn about any of our HVAC or plumbing services, speak to the staff at My Buddy the Plumber today.