Yesterday, I got our latest energy bill and was pleasantly surprised that the wife and I were able to shave almost $20 off of last month's total, even despite the fact that it was a bit colder during this four-week stretch. Now, many of you may be wondering the secret, whether I used some fancy manual thermostat or magic house humidifier to achieve this feat. However, the answer is a simple one you can try at home.
Last month, I went and bought a new comforter online, choosing one that was renowned for its ability to retain heat. My wife and I then resolved to turn our thermostat to around seven to 10 degrees lower than we usually keep it at night. After all, we reasoned, we'd be asleep during this time, and likely wouldn't notice the change as long as we took the proper precautions.
As such, we began sleeping with the temperature set at 58 degrees, instead of the usual 68. While you may think 10 degrees is a big shock that would take you out of your normal patterns, we adjusted just fine. Once the house is at a certain temperature, it takes a while to cool down, even if you turn your manual thermostat lower. So, we were able to fall asleep before the change took place in most cases.
Those who would like to reduce their heat by even more, however, may not be able to achieve the same consistency with their sleep patterns. According to the National Institutes of Health, abnormally hot or cold temperatures can disrupt the REM stage of sleep, which helps everyone set their normal sleep cycle progression.
As a result, those who are seeing temperatures rise or fall abruptly at night may want to choose to purchase a new thermostat, as their sleeping problems could be due to an issue with their existing model.