Want to get a better night’s sleep?
The answer could be too hot to handle
Ever wondered what the secret is to getting a better night’s sleep and waking up feeling refreshed the next morning?
Well, the answer could be linked to the temperature of your bedroom. And the good news is that there are some simple steps you can take to better manage your bedroom heating and achieve a restful night’s sleep.
Our new research1 has shown that almost two thirds (58%) of Brits are unaware of the importance of getting bedroom temperatures right and over one third (39%) heat their bedroom over the recommended 16°C - 18°C2.
And it seems bedroom temperatures are causing issues with our relationships, with almost one fifth (19%) of us having argued over the temperature of the bedroom and more than half of Brits having (52%) considered or gone ahead with a ‘sleep divorce’.
The good news is that there are some simple ways you can resolve the issues around temperature in the bedroom.
We’ve teamed up with sleep behaviour and environment expert James Wilson, aka ‘The Sleep Geek’, to provide some top tips on how to better manage the heating of your home and keep it at the optimum temperature, both day and night.
- Many people tend to believe that a warm, toasty room is best when trying to achieve good quality sleep. However, to achieve a deep and more relaxing night’s rest, heating the room to a temperature between 16°C and 18°C is best. Young children and the elderly may require a slightly warmer temperature, so investing in smart radiator thermostats to manage different rooms in the house could be beneficial. Generally speaking, ensuring that the bedroom feels a little cooler as you walk in means your body will be encouraged to drop in core temperature needed to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Usually, you'll need a boiler replacement after a decade or so, but there’s a few tell-tales signs to look out for when it’s getting near to the end of its shelf life. These include it making loud noises or the radiators not heating up. Be sure to get your boiler regularly serviced and bleed radiators to avoid a nasty surprise of waking up to a freezing room and a cold shower. Ensuring you have an efficient gas boiler not only helps your home to be as energy efficient as possible, it also means you have the added reassurance that your home should be warm when you want it to be.
- If you’ve recently moved house, be sure to understand the type of insulation it has, particularly if you’ve moved from an old build to a new build property, as the level and quality of insulation often varies. Having a solid understanding of this will help you to take action and better insulate your home, meaning heat doesn’t needlessly escape.
- Using smart technology like tado° means that you’re able to control the heating in your home from the palm of your hand, something which will be useful in the run up to spring when temperatures can vary dramatically week by week.
- If you and your partner have different temperature needs, think about separate duvets and/or sheets. If you or your partner gets hot in the night, it doesn’t make sense for you to be sharing a duvet, so having separate duvets means you can have different togs as needed.
Sleep is crucial to our overall wellbeing so we’d encourage anyone struggling to consider these tips and see how our solutions could help.
1. Research conducted by FlyResearch in February 2020, with a survey of 2,000 18 – 55 year olds.
2. Source: https://sleepcouncil.org.uk/perfect-sleep-environment/
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