Sleep Like Goldilocks on an Afloat Waterbed
One of the worst things for a good night’s sleep is being too hot or too cold. If you leave your bed to adjust the thermostat, you might struggle to drift off again. Worse, even if you manage to sleep while too cold, you still won’t get the rest you need. In an ideal world, your bed would keep you comfortable, regardless of air temperature. While we can’t promise an ideal world, we can promise a mattress that lets you focus on sleep.
Your Comfort, Explained
Get ready, because we’re going to blow your mind here. When we describe cold, what we’re really talking about is the absence of heat. In fact, the sensation of being cold is actually heat leaving your body too rapidly!
Our bodies naturally emit heat. We need that heat to go somewhere, if we’re going to be comfortable. However, how fast or slow it goes is what determines our comfort level.
Most people find an air temperature between 68-72°F to be comfortable in the house. Of course, the average body temperature is 98.6°F. What this means is that this difference in temperature allows your body to dissipate heat at a rate that’s just right. If the air is too warm, this heat transfer slows, and your body starts to sweat. If the air is too cool, you lose heat too quickly, which results in chills.
Air is a Poor Conductor
Have you ever noticed that a pool feels too cold when it’s the same temperature as comfortable outside air? The reason for this is that water is a far better conductor of heat. The pool feels too cold at the same temperature because the water transfers your body heat at a much higher rate.
For water to feel comfortable, it usually needs to be between 85-92°F. At these temperatures, our body heat transfers similarly to what we perceive as comfortable air. Of course, the precise temperature for comfort depends on the individual, which is why families always argue over the thermostat control!