“Chill Out, Honey”… Summer Sleep Battles
Turns out 75% of couples don’t agree on what temperature their bedroom should be. What’s comfy to one isn’t to the other. Sound familiar? Beyond bickering, recent data shows how ‟hot under the collar” this topic makes many of you (see what we did there ;)). Read on for ways to sleep better together this summer.
As summer finally shows its sunny rays, temperatures rise each day and bedroom temps increase each night. A summer heat wave can result in the loss of three to eight minutes of quality sleep each night. During a 2016 summer heat wave, Sleep Number proprietary SleepIQ® technology reported that for every 10 degrees the temperature rose above the national average, people lost an average of two to three minutes of sleep. That could add up to as much as one to two hours of lost sleep per month. Energy dragging much …?
While there’s not much you can do about the outside temp, adjusting your bedroom temperature can help you get the most out of your nightly Zzzs … unless your sleep partner doesn’t agree on a comfortable temperature! A recent national Omnibus survey by Sleep Number showed:
- This topic makes millennial couples especially HOT – 44% of them (18-34 years old) discuss bedroom temperature at least once a week, while 30% of couples in other age groups report a weekly temperature discussion.
- Summer is the season when couples most often discuss bedroom temperature, followed by winter.
So, who is right? Data shows we sleep best when the bedroom temperature is around 65 degrees. Beyond the room temperature, consider these tips for keeping both partners comfortable:
- Take a shower before bed to warm your skin – this actually lowers your internal body temperature, which can help bring on sleepiness.
- Swap your bedding – if you find the bed to be too warm, try 100 percent cotton bedding. Many people prefer an open weave cotton blanket.
- Skip exercise and large meals before bed – exercising or eating before bed can raise internal body temperature, making it harder to fall asleep.
- Take the necessary steps to keep outside heat from getting in. This might include using blinds to keep out sunlight, or keeping windows shut.
- Try adding a DualTemp™ layer under the sheets. This can help both partners keep a steady temperature throughout the night.
Then, after you drift off to dreamland in complete (or almost) temperature harmony, read this to see what happens to your body while you sleep.
Quality sleep will keep you performing your best. Like diet and exercise, sleep is essential for optimal health and performance. Because everyone’s sleep needs are different, Sleep Number® beds with SleepIQ® technology inside adjust to your ideal level of firmness, comfort and support. SleepIQ technology tracks how well you sleep each night, giving you personal insights into your sleep so you’ll learn how life affects your sleep and how sleep affects your life. Find your Sleep Number® setting for your best possible night’s sleep.