Optimum Room Temperature for the Best Sleep

If there is one thing that most people in Flagstaff can agree on, it’s the cool comfortable night time temperatures for sleeping.  Typically, once the monsoon begins with regularity, our overnight low temperatures are in the mid-50’s.  But does this temperature really contribute to good sleeping?

While it is commonly known that there are many factors that influence the quality of sleep, including consumption  of caffeine and other foods, frequency of exercise and consistent bedtime routines; research has also shown that the temperature of the room can also affect your sleep.

It seems that the optimum temperature range is between 60 – 68 degrees Fahrenheit.   Room temperature outside of this range can promote restlessness that can lead to poor quality sleep.  This is because the body cools as it relaxes, moving heat from the core regions of the torso, out to the extremities of the hands and feet to help the heat dissipate.   When the body has an easier time dissipating heat, it is better able to relax more quickly.  It’s believed that the cooler room temperature assists the body in dissipating its heat.

In fact, sleep research has shown that people who suffer from chronic insomnia typically have a higher core body temperature as the nervous system prevents the process of dissipating heat through the arms and legs.  A cooler room could help break that cycle for insomniacs and provide a better climate for productive sleep.

So if you’re in Flagstaff this time of the year, open the windows and let the cool night time air soothe your nervous system into some deep relaxing sleep this evening.

Source Links:

Prevention and treatment of sleep disorders through regulation] of sleeping habits

The relationship between insomnia and body temperatures

Do chronic primary insomniacs have impaired heat loss when attempting sleep?


About Paul Kulpinski, LMT

Paul Kulpinski is a licensed massage therapist, holistic wellness coach and co-founder of Mountain Waves Healing Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona with over 15 years experience in helping people achieve their optimum state of well being. Information contained in this blog should not be taken as medical advice. Readers are advised to validate the information presented here with other sources including your personal physician for information specific to you.
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2 Responses to Optimum Room Temperature for the Best Sleep

  1. I do really agree that the room temperature is one of the great factor that influence the quality of sleep we can have.

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