While the truth is that ideal sleeping temperature is about as subjective as ideal room temperature, medical experts still have their opinions in terms of what they believe the best temperature for sleeping to be (biologically speaking).
Not surprisingly, how well you sleep is directly dependent on how comfortable you are throughout the night, which includes feeling too hot or too cold. According to H. Craig Heller, Ph.D., and professor of biology at Stanford University, your brain naturally turns down your body’s internal thermostat to save energy while you’re sleeping. When the room you’re sleeping in becomes too hot or cold in relation to your internal thermostat, your body must then struggle to adjust, and you can end up with disrupted sleep.
Men vs. Women: Our Thermostats Are Different
As MensHealth.com is quick to point out, whenever someone reports being too cold in an office, it’s usually not a guy. They defend this claim by pointing to a Netherlands study which proved modern office buildings are temperature regulated based on ideal comfort for the average 40-year-old man. Since women have lower resting metabolic rates, they don’t produce as much body heat at rest, and often feel cold easier as a result.
The bedroom (clearly) is not an office, but that doesn’t mean that the same biological truisms don’t apply for men vs. women under the sheets. Based on the same metabolic differences already mentioned above, it’s often more common for women to prefer a warmer bedtime room temperature than their male partners.
Is 60 Degrees Better Than 70?
The National Sleep Foundation suggests a range of 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit as the ideal temperature range for your best night’s sleep, but WebMD weighs in at slightly higher 65 to 72 degrees. Clearly, this leaves us right where we started in terms of getting anyone to agree on ideal room temperature for sleep. Nevertheless, even the experts are willing to compromise and say you should ultimately go with whatever temperature you and your partner can agree on.
Sleep Better and Find the Best Temperature for Sleeping
Another area of consideration you may have not yet thought of is to carefully choose a mattress made of materials that naturally regulate body temperature. Spink & Edgar’s line of all natural luxury mattresses, for example, all incorporate a substantial percentage of wool in the upper “comfort” layers. This not only wicks away moisture and humidity under the covers, but wool is also reputed as a miraculous regulator of body temperature. Often misunderstood as only a warmth fabric, experienced hikers choose wool for its equal ability to keep them cool by “breathing” better than any other fabric.
If you currently own a memory foam mattress and your significant other reports being too hot while your temperature feels just right, considering the switch to a luxury mattress made from natural materials (like wool and alpaca fleece) may be just what the doctor ordered.
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