We all know that spending time outdoors in the sun is generally good for our overall health and well-being. And luckily for us, living in Florida provides us with nearly limitless opportunities to spend time outdoors soaking up the sun in any number of activities. But you have also probably experienced the grumpiness that accompanies someone who has spent too much time outdoors on a hot day. As it turns out this shift in mood is no coincidence as temperature, especially heat, has a significant impact on our overall mood and the quality of sleep that we get. Here is what you should know about your home’s temperature and how it can affect your overall mood and sleep quality:
Temperature And Sleep Quality
In order to get good quality sleep each night our bodies need to be at a comfortable temperature – not too hot or too cold. Generally speaking, it is estimated that the best temperature for your thermostat to be set at for optimal sleep is between 60- and 67-degrees Fahrenheit. Obviously, the temperatures in Florida are usually much higher than this almost all year long. If your air conditioning system breaks down on a day that the temperature outside is above the optimal range for sleep, the temperature on the inside of your home will begin to rise quickly. If the temperature in your home is not within the range needed for optimal sleep, it could impact the quality of your sleep so much that you would actually need 2 more hours of sleep than usual to feel just as rested as any other night. This means it is important for your air conditioning unit to be working properly to keep your home cool and allow you to get a good night’s sleep every night.
Temperature And Mood
A combination of exposure to excessive heat and the resulting effects it has on getting a restful night’s sleep leads to a decrease in mood. The impact heat has on our mood is a natural effect of being uncomfortable and tired. Anytime we are uncomfortable or tired, we are naturally more sensitive, edgy, and grumpy. This shift in our mood in combination with being uncomfortable and tired can also lead us to make decisions we wouldn’t normally make such as acting out violently or consuming more alcohol than usual. If your home’s air conditioning system breaks down, especially on one of our warmer and more humid spring or summer days, you will surely notice the affects the heat has on yourself and your family within a very short period of time.