July 27, 2021 3 min read
The general recommendation for the optimal temperature while sleeping is between 60⁰ and 67⁰ F, and this stays constant regardless of the season. To maintain this temperature, it is advised that you set the thermostat well in advance of bedtime, leaving enough time for the temperature in your bedroom to adjust. You could also schedule the thermostat to automatically reduce the temperature during the times you are normally asleep.
According to a study in Texas, the model temperature range in summer is anywhere between 70° and 75°, with the same being true for the winter months. However, this could vary based on energy costs by region. Anywhere between 72° and 78° is typically standard.
The ideal and most cost-effective AC temperature in summer, as suggested by the US Department of Energy, is 78⁰, with 85⁰ being the recommended temperature to keep your house while you’re away. Economically and environmentally, these higher temperatures check out, but the much lower range of between 60⁰ and 67⁰ is firmly recommended by the National Sleep Foundation for optimal sleep, as it helps your body cool down, fall asleep faster and sustain this sleep due to comfort.
For babies, it is important to create a safe sleeping environment that not only ensures a good night’s sleep, but also prevents fatal sleep accidents and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The risk of SIDS increases when a newborn is too hot, and while this danger is prevalent through toddler years, it is most pronounced from birth until about 6 months of age. Keeping your baby’s room cool is therefore vital, and the recommended temperature for babies to sleep in is between 68⁰ and 72⁰. When it comes to babies, it can also be helpful to use a fan – not to further decrease the temperature in the room, but to circulate oxygen and freshen up the air in the room. This will provide better airflow for your toddler rather than rebreathing stagnant air.
Next up, what temperatures are too hot or cold to sleep in? As we’ve discovered earlier, optimal sleeping conditions for most people are between 60⁰ and 67⁰, with 40 to 60% humidity. Experts argue that anything outside these ranges, on either extreme, causes sleep quality to plummet. We need cooler temperatures to fall asleep as the body’s core temperature needs to drop to drift off at night, as this slows down your metabolism and coincides with the release of melatonin (the sleep hormone). A warm, muggy bedroom may not just prevent you from cooling down and falling asleep, but it can also make it harder to stay asleep. Studies suggest that the discomfort of sleeping in a hot room can cause more frequent awakenings in the middle of the night and can disrupt rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.
On the other hand, experts suggest that 60° is the lowest possible temperature to get good sleep. Temperatures too cold for sleeping would be those in the mid 50s and below. If the room is too cold, you are likely to curl up in many blankets, which may raise your core temperature to levels triggering night sweats and disrupting your sleep.
However, with Moona you can sustain the optimal slumber temperature throughout the night and through the comfort of your pillow, providing direct and effective cooling. Moona controls the temperature between 64°F and 95°F and you can customize these temperature settings yourself through the app. It is also through a gradual increase in temperature through the thermoregulated pillow pad that Moona wakes you up in the morning – eliminating the need for an alarm and making a progressive technological advancement.
Finally, we are going to compare the power consumption of using Moona as opposed to AC. AC costs about $0.1 an hour, whereas Moona is significantly cheaper, adopting the electricity consumption of a lamp and costing about $0.006 an hour. So using Moona to cool you down, especially ahead of bedtime will be a lot cheaper and more effective than using AC, as the cooling is targeted directly to your head and neck, but AC also keeps the rest of the house at a steady, cool temperature.
We hope this article has given you a greater insight into temperature and its importance especially when sleeping. And hopefully you’ll consider Moona being key to ensuring this cooling and optimal sleep.