February 15, 2022
As a couple, you likely have different sleep temperature preferences. In this article we will discuss some science and the "ideal" sleeping temperature for you and your partner. It's possible that you and your partner have different preferences...
What is the best sleeping temperature for couples?
There are a number of factors to this question. Apologies in advance for "nerding-out" on the science!
Our body goes through a process known as thermo-regulation. At night, our bodies automatically cool off by a degree or two. This helps slow down your breathing rate and heart rate. This cooling process automatically starts late in the afternoon.
In the morning, a few hours before you wake up, the opposite happens. During these hours, your body works to increase your temperature and heart rate.
So what does this mean for sleep temperature?
According to many studies, the ideal bedroom sleep temperature is between 60 and 67. Obviously this can fluctuate by person. You may prefer the cool side of this range (i.e. 61).
In contrast, your partner may prefer the high end of this range.
Did you know that over 50% of couples' like different sleep temperature?
"He sleeps like a furnace while I'm freezing!"
Why does this happen?
Although not always the case, men and women have different metabolic rates. Women frequently (but not always) have less muscle mass than men. Because of this, men burn more calories to feed muscles (more muscle mass = more calories).
This process indirectly causes men to have a slightly higher core body temperature.
If you constantly fight over the thermostat, this may be the reason!
How do couples deal with this difference?
One way is to have a "sleep divorce". This is when you sleep in separate beds (and or bedrooms). Sleeping in separate beds comes with an obvious cost.
Studies show that sleeping in the same bed reduces stress levels and can actually boost your oxytocin levels.
Oxytocin is a hormone that is frequently associated with your social life.
Staying in the same bed is important for your relationship.
“We often see it discussed in relation to attachment and social-related behaviors, including empathy and bonding,” says Lily Brown, PhD, Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania.
The next time you argue about sleep temperature in your bedroom, remember this science!
If you aren't sleeping well at night, chances are that your partner isn't sleeping well either.
55% of couples argue over sleep temperature differences!
If you are one of them and are looking for a solution, checkout our Twovet Couples Comforter. One side is cool (thin) and the other side is thick (warm). Both of you will stay comfortable all night long!
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