Every couple has their differences. For the sake of love, we compromise, find a middle ground or embrace our partner’s differences. But what can you do if your partner has a different ideal sleep temperature than you? If you can’t compromise on this issue, you could consider keeping the temperature within the recommended range. Otherwise, there are some steps you can take if your partner likes it much cooler or warmer than you. Read on to find out what they are.
The Ideal Sleep Temperature
The ideal temperature for sleeping is 65 degrees F or 18.3 degrees C. Of course, this can vary slightly, but generally, it’s agreed that a temperature in this range will help you sleep optimally. If you can’t keep your home at this temperature, or you find it too cold, aim to keep the temperature somewhere between 62-70 degrees F (15.5 C – 22 C).
Why Sleep Temperature Matters
Setting your thermostat for somewhere between 60-72 F (15.5-22 C) helps create the ideal sleep environment. This temperature range works best for the patterns of our core body temperature. This range is ideal because our core body temperature (regulated by the body’s circadian rhythm) drops in the evening and coincides with the brain’s melatonin secretion.
A cooler bedroom helps this temperature drop and ultimately improves the quality of our sleep. This is because a cooler sleeping environment promotes higher melatonin production, which helps promote sleep onset and a more restful sleep.
When the bedroom is too hot or too cold…
Temperature is one of the main factors affecting our sleep. If the room is too hot, it can cause:
- Increased wakefulness
- Discomfort and restlessness
- Decreased slow-wave sleep
- Decreased REM sleep
- Off-balance thermoregulation
A room that’s too cold doesn’t cause the same sleep problems, but it can be uncomfortable – and that can affect our sleep quality, too.
What To Do If Your Partner’s Ideal Sleep Temperature is Different Than Yours
For many, this temperature won’t be an issue. However, for those of you who have a different ideal sleep temperature from your partner, it can pose a challenge. Perhaps you can reach a compromise.
Otherwise, there are some things you can do to either warm up or cool down:
- Use an air conditioner in the summer – Turn on the AC in the summer to stay cool.
- Add a humidifier – Humidifiers help with allergies and a consistent temperature.
- Consider your bedding – Invest in high-quality bedding, like cooling pillowcases.
- Take a warm bath before bed – A warm bath helps decrease core body temperature.
- Sleep with separate covers – Don’t fight over the thermostat; get your own blankets.
- Wear different PJs – If you’re too cold, wear warmer PJs.
Consistent Temperatures, Consistent Comfort
The best way to ensure your home stays at a consistent temperature is to have quality HVAC equipment, installed by professionals. If you’re finding your heating or cooling is uneven, it may be time for an HVAC upgrade. However, if you just need some help achieving the ideal sleep temperature, we can help with that, too. From humidifiers to smart thermostats, and ACs to heat pumps, Fahrhall will help you sort out your home comfort differences as best as we can!
Fahrhall has been proudly serving the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions since 1967. We are committed to providing our customers and our community with reliable service and quality equipment.