How to Hack Your HVAC and Sleep Better at Night
A decent night’s sleep isn’t just nice to experience; it is an absolute necessity so that you can function well and maintain your physical and mental health.
While you may already be aware of some factors that influence the quality of your sleep, did you know that your HVAC settings in your home actually play a role too?
You need to create a certain atmosphere in your home that is conducive to sleep. Here is how your air conditioner factors in.
Set the Thermostat for Sleep
When you go to sleep, your body temperature falls naturally. Your sleeping environment needs to follow the same path.
Ideally, it is advisable to set your thermostat so that it is at anywhere from 60Fº to 67Fº. This will signal to your body that it is time to go to sleep and stay asleep.
To assist with this, why not install a programmable thermostat? Not only will you save money because it is more energy efficient, but your home will also automatically cool to set you up for good sleep.
Run the Fans
Running your fan isn’t just about keeping cool or giving your air conditioning a break; it can also be a valuable sleep tool.
Circulating the air will make you feel refreshed and relaxed, as well as help to drop your body temperatures. It also creates a good amount of white noise, which can be helpful in terms of helping you to fall asleep.
Have you ever woken up sweating in the middle of the night? Running the fan can help you avoid that unpleasant experience altogether.
Set the Humidity Levels
Think about what it is like outside in high humidity in Lewisville, TX. You are hot, sticky and most definitely not relaxed. Additionally, you may even find it challenging to breathe. That’s what you can expect in a bedroom that is too humid, which most definitely is not going to help your sleep.
Overly humid conditions can also cause mold and other allergens to grow, which could cause respiratory issues. On the other hand, when there is a lack of humidity, you will have dry, itchy skin and dry, irritated nasal passages, both of which can keep you awake at night.
To avoid this, install a whole home humidifier and set it to a range of 50-60 percent.
In addition to setting your HVAC accordingly, try these other ideas to get a good night’s sleep: dim the lights in your home about an hour before bed; turn off the “screens” (i.e., mobile devices, computers, and TVs) around the same time; avoid eating heavy meals close to bed.