HVAC system's impact on your sleep quality

Your HVAC System’s Impact on Your Sleep Quality

HVAC & Sleep Quality

Do you toss and turn throughout the night, wake up sweating, or can’t get warm enough? Ignoring unhealthy sleeping patterns can cause complications in the future such as heart problems, anxiety, depression, and other serious health issues. There are several factors that affect your quality of sleep, but the most important is room temperature. While the exact temperature for optimal sleep may vary from person to person, it’s recommended not to surpass 67 degrees. But, is it that simple? Keep reading to learn how you can improve your sleep quality today, starting with something as simple as your HVAC system.

1. Change the Temperature

Optimal sleep temperatures, according to Sleep Foundation, are between 60-67 degrees fahrenheit. While seasons and regions may affect what’s most comfortable for every household, in the hot, humid summers of Southside, Alabama, you’re likely to be more comfortable in the mid-range of those temperatures. Of course, as the weather outside cools down, your optimal sleep temperature may be a little higher. Listen to your body as you try out new temperatures, and respond accordingly. 

To help with keeping these temperature changes on a schedule, investing in a programmable thermostat is a huge help. These thermostats, once on a set schedule, can automatically change the temperature even after you’re in bed. That means no more getting back up to change the thermostat. And, before you wake up in the morning, it can be set to your comfortable daytime setting. Check out the programmable thermostats offered by Childress Heating & Cooling!

2. Dress Accordingly

Dressing for the occasion of getting optimal sleep is also important. If your clothes are uncomfortable, too thick or too tight, you’re not going to wake up as well-rested as when your clothes are comfortable. But, finding the balance between too many clothes and none at all can be difficult. Normally, it’s recommended to wear loose clothing that allows your skin to breathe while protecting it from irritation. This will promote proper blood circulation and help you to breathe naturally throughout the night. Binding clothing can inhibit your body’s production of melatonin, hindering your sleep quality. 

For more advice on exactly what to wear to bed, read this article from Sleep.org: Find Out What You Really Should Be Wearing to Bed.

3. Listen to Your Body

Take some time for trial and error. During this time, you should be observing your sleeping habits. Are you getting up to go to the bathroom multiple times per night? Are you sweating mildly? Do you wake up shivering? Are you constantly tossing & turning? These are all questions you should be mindful of during this time.

It’s also important to listen to your body throughout the day. Exercising regularly and staying hydrated will actually help you sleep better through the night. When evening arrives, create a routine before going to bed so that when your head hits the pillow, your body recognizes what it needs to do: sleep!

What Next?

If you’re interested in investing in a programmable thermostat from Childress Heating & Cooling, contact us! Our team of professionals will help you pick the perfect thermostat for your Alabama home so your family will be comfortable for years to come. 

For more information about our HVAC services, contact us at childresshvac@yahoo.com or call us at (256) 312-1893, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. sleep quality HVAC sleep quality HVAC sleep quality HVAC sleep quality HVAC