Ideal Bedroom Temperature for Sleep
If you’ve ever been too hot or too cold when trying to sleep, you’ll understand how difficult it is to catch some Zzzs.
What temperature should a bedroom be?
Your body heat peaks late afternoon and then starts to drop in the evening to prepare your body for sleep, kickstarting melatonin production. An ideal bedroom temperature is around 16-18°C (60-65°F).
Hot, cold and draughty rooms can seriously impact your sleep, in particular REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Temperatures over 24°C (71°F) are likely to cause restlessness, while a cold room of about 12°C (53°F) will make it difficult to drop off.
Best temperature for young children and elderly people
Young children and elderly people may require a slightly warmer environment, so it’s useful to invest in a room thermometer to keep track of temperatures. It’s also worth purchasing a range of suitable bedding depending on the season – an extra layer of sheets or blankets will make you more comfortable when it’s cold, as will a hot water bottle or a good pair of bed socks for cold feet.
Sleeping in hot weather
Lying in a hot stuffy bedroom won’t lead to a good night’s sleep. But there are lots of simple steps you can take to ensure you stay cool and comfortable and avoid a miserable and restless night in bed.
- Opening windows to maximise air circulation but keeping curtains/blinds shut to block out the warmth of the sunlight.
- If you’ve got an attic, try opening the hatch. Hot air rises and this will give it somewhere to go.
- Use a lower tog duvet or even a cotton sheet – and wear light cotton nightwear to wick away sweat.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of cold water during the evening and keeping a glass by the bed.
- Fill a hot water bottle with ice-cold water and place it near the feet, or alternatively cool socks in the fridge – cooling your feet lowers the overall temperature of your skin and body.
- Use an electric fan and if it’s really hot, put a tray of ice and a little water in front of the fan which will cool the air even more.
- If you’ve got long hair, tie it back. Hair around your neck can make you feel warmer.
- If you share a bed, make sure it’s big enough for two people so you can sleep without disturbing each other: 5ft wide should be your minimum.