There are a few simple solutions to getting a better night’s sleep, and they all revolve around your HVAC.
For weeks you’ve been tossing and turning in bed, unable to fall asleep or even stay asleep. You have probably tried going to bed earlier, changing your pillows, trying to eat less spicy foods (yes, that can affect sleep!). Well, have you tried adjusting your thermostat?
By experimenting with your thermostat, fans or dehumidifiers, you can start feeling more relaxed at bedtime and will start feeling more refreshed and awake in the morning.
During the summer months, you might be rolling around in the sheets because your body temperature is too high. The National Sleep Foundation suggests that the ideal temperature in the bedroom be between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep.
As you lie down for bed, your body temperature naturally decreases to help initiate sleep, so be sure to program the thermostat to make things easier for bedtime.
Another aid to help you cool down is to have a fan on in the bedroom. The downdraft from a ceiling fan will keep you feeling cooler in bed, and it will also help circulate fresh air throughout the room, making it easier to breathe.
White noise can also help affect your sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. So that humming that comes from your air conditioner or fans will help drown out harsh or distracting noises from inside or around the house.
It’s not just the heat, but the humidity. A humid room can feel muggy and uncomfortable, as well as attract insects and promote mold growth. Alternatively, a dry place can irritate your throat and nasal passages.
You can make it easier on your lungs and your skin by controlling the humidity in the bedroom. Most window air conditioning units double as dehumidifiers, but you could also use a standalone humidifier or dehumidifier to find a level of moisture that is right for you.
A better night’s sleep is possible now that you know how to control your environment and air quality in the bedroom better. For more information on upgrading or maintaining your HVAC system, call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (734) 425-1415, or visit us at 31776 Cowan Road in Westland.