Most sleep experts recommend that you sleep in a bedroom that has a lower temperature than the Energy Star guidelines – 20 degrees lower to be exact.
Unfortunately, the effects of climate change have become very real. Some of the effects include slowly rising waters and oceans, reduced water supplies, more cases of shellfish poisoning and more. These changes have all been slowly creeping up on us and the news has now become like an exercise in putting all the missing pieces together.
You probably feel a keen sense of intense helplessness – this helplessness is so close, it’s even in our own beds. To put this into words, if you look at the 2019 US Energy Star recommendations for your thermostat, you’d see that they recommend that you place it on 78°F during the day and 82°F when you’re going to bed. However, now in 2020, if you were to apply these same temperature settings for the day and night, then you’d be just like me and sweating through your bed sheets! During the day with the thermostat at 77 °F, its simply too unbearable to function. So, what does this mean?
HuffPost recently had an article that questioned why do people sleep with blankets. Their experts have recommended that the best temperature to sleep in is in the mid 60’s °F. This is basically 20 degrees under Energy Star’s recommendations. This is quite a significant different… so exactly how guilty should you feel for just wanting to sleep without sweating throughout the night?
Sadly, by the simple act of adjusting your thermostat, you’re likely to feel a hefty amount guilt, knowing that you’re basically sealing your fate and the fate of our planet. This is not the same as driving to the grocery and buying plastic bags full of plastic straws that are definitely going straight into the oceans and directly damaging the environment. I personally won’t ever do those type of things, but sadly, when it comes to sleep, it is such as an essential aspect of life that it is quite stressful to know by adjusting the thermostat, I’m causing a drain on our natural resources and depleting the ozone layer.
Unfortunately, this is what we all have to feel like now and there is nothing we can do. To put it succinctly, we are humans that want to sleep comfortably