Recently the EPA took some heat, pun intended, for the recommendation to raise the temp in your home to 82 degrees at night. Not only does that sound too hot for bedtime. It’s proven to be way too hot for bedtime. Many of us struggle for a good night’s sleep and have for years. Currently, a third of all adults average less than six hours of sleep per night. During the week I often fall in this category despite being in bed for seven and a half hours. If you’ve tried to sleep better, longer, whatever but still haven’t found success, check your thermostat.
If you sleep better in the winter than summer you’re not alone and it’s not a coincidence. It’s been known that it’s better to be cooler than hot if you’re attempting to sleep. But, according to the founder of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, Dr. Frank Lipman, the magic temperature for maximum sleeping comfort is 68 degrees. A far cry from 82. And while it is not the most energy-efficient temperature to maintain in the summer in South Florida, it might be what you’ve been missing for a great night’s sleep. If you’ve tried everything else but are still struggling, you might want to give this one a try and see what happens. A higher electric bill, yes. But is it worth it to feel better, most likely yes.