October 14, 2017
Are you one of those people that has to sleep in a freezing room, covered in plenty of blankets? Or maybe you can’t fall asleep unless your room is on the warm side. Everyone has their preferred temperature that they believe will help them get their best night’s rest--but what if your temperature was actually the reason you aren’t getting a good night’s rest?
Aside from playing a major role in your comfort, temperature can actually affect your overall sleep quality.
When you’re trying to fall asleep, your brain will attempt to lower your overall body temperature, and this slight drop in temperature is what helps induce sleep. If the room is too hot or cold, your brain will have a difficult time achieving the right body temperature for a healthy night’s sleep, therefore making you become restless and even have difficulty falling asleep.
If your room isn’t at a healthy temperature while you sleep, your body will try to regulate its internal temperature by causing you to sweat and shiver, which will disrupt your sleep, and sometimes cause you to wake up.
If you’re very particular about your air, you could be on the right track--as long as you’re within a very specific range. Research tells us that the best room temperature for sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keeping your room between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 and 19.4 degrees Celsius) is easier than you think!
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Understanding how the air in your bedroom affects your quality of sleep can help you have healthier and more restful nights. Of course, it isn’t easy to keep track of your air and sleep at the same time, which is why an indoor air quality monitor, like Awair, can help.
Have you ever briefly felt ill, but couldn’t figure out why? It’s possible you may have run into a batch of bad air.
Evidence suggests that COVID-19 lockdowns have significantly improved outdoor air quality. In the northeastern U.S., NASA registered a 30% drop in air pollution. UK researchers believe cleaner air has saved thousands of lives. In China, meanwhile, a recent study even suggests that lockdown “has saved more lives through improved air quality than were lost to COVID-19.”
It’s been a tough year for parents and school kids. Both have endured a historic disruption of the education system, and rapidly shifted to virtual schooling. Many parents set up a place to work from home, whether at the kitchen table, on the couch, or creating an office in an extra room, while also creating space for their children to learn remotely. The kids have not had it easy either and are well aware that they are missing many traditional rites of passage during lockdown, such as proms, sports, and extracurricular activities.