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.