Shift Your Thermostat For A Great Night’s Sleep

set thermostat for nightThe warm Los Angeles summer temperatures might be great for the city’s nightlife, but they rarely make for a good night’s sleep. If you’ve been having trouble getting enough rest, adjusting your thermostat temperature could help.

Why Room Temperature Matters

While a cozy, warm bedroom sounds appealing, research shows most of us sleep best in somewhat cool temperatures. This is largely because the human body naturally cools down toward evening as it prepares for sleep. A cooler room temperature helps your body reach the temperature it needs for deep sleep more quickly. Ideally, your bedroom should be 60 and 67 degrees at night. Anything above 75 degrees can leave you tossing and turning. No temperature is perfect for everyone, so you might need to experiment to find your optimal sleep temperature.

Optimizing Your Temperatures

LA’s warm nights mean that after a hot summer day, your bedroom temperature can still be above a comfortable range. Keeping the air conditioner on for the first part of the night will give you more comfortable temperatures without running up your energy bill.

With a programmable thermostat, you can set your A/C to run at somewhere between 65 and 70 degrees, then shut off at sometime between three to five in the morning to avoid wasting energy. To save even more, run your bedroom ceiling fan at night. The fan can make you feel around 5 degrees cooler, so you can raise your A/C temperature by the same amount without affecting your comfort.

As autumn approaches, pay attention to the overnight temperatures and avoid running your air conditioner when temperatures fall below 60 degrees. If you do, you’ll likely end up with a frozen evaporator coil.

Temperatures that are too low also negatively affect your sleep. If you’ve been saving money in winter by turning the heat off even on the chilliest nights, try keeping it on and set to at least 60 degrees.