November 2, 2016
In Alberta, it's pretty rare to experience burning-hot temperatures at night, and, therefore, the locals don't usually think about turning their AC units on before going to sleep. Scientists, however, have discovered a pretty interesting fact about air conditioning, which Edmonton residents might want to know about keeping the AC on helps you get better sleep.
Your body's temperature naturally rises and lowers throughout the day, reaching its peak in the afternoon and its lowest point at around 5 in the morning. When you fall asleep, your body naturally cools off. Keeping your air conditioning on will get your body to the optimal temperature for sleeping and keep it within those limits. This will help you not only slip into dreamland faster but also help you enjoy a deeper, more restorative sleep. You won't be tossing and turning in bed to try and regulate your temperature.
Furthermore, sleeping with the AC on and under a heavy cover has a calming effect on your body and mind. The added weight of the blanket will make you feel secure, and protected, and will signal your brain to release chemicals like dopamine, melatonin, and serotonin, which have comforting, sedative properties that induce deep relaxation and even help fight insomnia.
How to Get the Most Out of Your AC for Ideal Sleeping
Set the Right Temperature. Going to bed in a cool room may help you fall asleep faster, but that doesn't mean you should turn it into a walking freezer. For the best sleeping environment, the U.S. National Sleep Foundation recommends keeping the bedroom temperature between 15 and 19 degrees C (60-67F).
Keep the Temperature Consistent. Turning the AC on might help you to sleep better, but if you drop the temperature too abruptly, you may risk getting ill because of the sudden change. Therefore, it is advisable to lower the temperature gradually until it reaches an optimal level.
The room's moisture level is also an important factor when it comes to getting a good night's sleep, especially considering Alberta's humid climate. Due to the way they function, all AC units also dehumidify the air to some extent, but if you want even more pronounced results, you might want to look into the air conditioners that also have a Dehumidifying or Moisture Control mode.
Keep these tips in mind the next time you find yourself having trouble sleeping comfortably.
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