A good night’s sleep is critical to your overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, many people in the Martinez, Georgia, area and throughout the nation struggle to get comfortable enough to fall asleep and stay asleep at night. If you’re having sleep troubles, what you may not realize is that your HVAC settings could be partially to blame.

Too Hot or Too Cold

In order to fall asleep and enjoy restful sleep, your body needs to feel comfortable. Your mattress, pillow, and bedding will all impact comfort, but so will the temperature in your bedroom. Body temperature naturally drops slightly during sleep to improve relaxation, but a high setting on your thermostat makes it harder for your body to achieve this drop. Your thermostat should be set between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep. A temperature lower than 60 degrees could also make it hard to fall asleep, so keep your room in that comfortable zone.

Humidity Levels

Humidity also impacts comfort, so it can make a difference in how easily you can fall asleep. Too much moisture in the air creates a muggy, unpleasant feeling. You might also feel warmer when trying to fall sleep in a humid space. Moisture can promote biological growth, which can irritate your respiratory system and cause congestion when you lie down. On the other side of the spectrum, air that is too dry can also cause sinus and nasal irritation, including nose bleeds. Keep your home’s humidity level between 30 and 50 percent for optimal comfort.

Poor Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is another potential HVAC-related factor that could be making it harder to get a good night’s sleep. Dust mites, pollen, pet hair, dander, and other debris can get into your HVAC ducts and recirculate as the system runs. When you breathe that kind of air at night, you might experience allergic symptoms that keep you awake, such as congestion, sore throats, and eye irritation.

For indoor air quality or HVAC solutions that can help improve your sleep, contact Doc Savage Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at 706-426-9262.