What is the best temperature to set the air conditioner at when you sleep? This can cause some fights, because everyone is different, but now we're getting a scientific answer.
Sleep psychologist Michelle Drerup, PsyD, of Cleveland Clinic, says to keep your bedroom between 60 to 67° F. Apparently, cool temps help you achieve ideal REM (dream) sleep. "Thermoregulation is very important for staying in restorative, slow-wave sleep stages," said Michelle Drerup. Ideally, she says 65° F is the sweet spot.
She continued saying, quote, "Our core body temperature naturally experiences a slight dip in the evening, so turning down the thermostat at night may signal your body that it's time for sleep. Warmer temperatures can cause discomfort and restlessness and not only impact our ability to fall asleep, but also negatively impact sleep quality, including being associated with decreases in restorative slow-wave sleep."
But, you don't want to set the temp to be too cool because, quote, "When we're cold, our body kicks into high gear to try and get us warm again."
Also,the temp doesn't need to be as low for babies. Babies and Toddlers sleep better in a cool room, but Michelle suggested to have the temp a little warmer, 66° F or 67° F. Michelle says, quote, "They cannot regulate their temperatures as easily as adults, and they don't sleep with blankets to help decrease the risk of SIDS."