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My dad sleeps in a room that is 80 degrees. With no fan and no AC. How is this possible?

Asked by Kraigmo (8562points) August 20th, 2020
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Dad can’t or won’t explain it. So can someone else?
How is it possible to sleep in stuffy 80 degree room?
Most sleep journals recommend a cold room, and in my experience, they are right.
How is Dad doing this?

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YARNLADY's avatar

He is probably a throw-back type person from back in the past, before air conditioning when everybody had to do this. Literally millions of people still do!

longgone's avatar

95% of households in Europe still get by without ACs – never mind less privileged parts of the world. It’s been close to that temperature around here, and I’m sleeping fine. I usually make sure my hair is wet before I get into bed. Obviously, lo(o)se clothing and no covers except for possibly a very thin sheet. Cotton pillowcase, no weird polyester materials. Sometimes I crack the window open. When I visited Costa Rica, I took a frozen bottle of water into bed with me and draped a damp cloth over my forehead. Honestly, it’s not that bad.

ACs are very much a factor in global warming. Ironically, the comfort of ACs makes the planet hotter – and ACs more necessary. Genius ploy.

canidmajor's avatar

80°, if someone has acclimated (as I do, every summer in my New England home) is not uncomfortable. Usually my bedroom is a few degrees higher than that, and it’s fine. But then, I don’t air condition my house to wintry temperatures in the summer.

zenvelo's avatar

This is not a matter of right or wrong, it is a matter of what makes someone comfortable.

As long as your dad is not making YOU sleep in very warm room, don;t be critical.

Aster's avatar

My dad slept in a 78 degree room with no fan and a pull over knitted cap to “keep the heat in” because he was chilly if it got under that temperature. Maybe he had poor circulation but he lived until almost the age of 89.

KNOWITALL's avatar

That’s usually my energy-saving air co setting, 80 degrees, but I do use a fan.
If he’s getting good rest, live and let live.

chyna's avatar

I set my air conditioning thermostat on 78 and I’m comfortable. I do use a fan at night for the noise.

Brian1946's avatar

I admire your father for minimizing his carbon footprint.

kritiper's avatar

It seems that, with some of us at least, temperature needs change as we get older. When I was young, 70 degrees was my comfort zone. Now it’s 76 degrees.

Inspired_2write's avatar

He acclimatized himself to tolerate and adapt to it.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Hard to believe that someone might have a different comfort level than you, huh?

Blackberry's avatar

Some people dont like being cold.
Being cold makes me constantly tense my muscles and puts me in a state of desperation and panic. It reminds me of being poor and hungry, or working 14 hour days in the North Atlantic when I was in the Navy and had to peel freezing rain off my skin.

Being warm makes me feel comfortable and at ease. I don’t have to tense my muscles and I feel enveloped in warmth and it makes me feel relaxed.

That’s just how I personally think about it due to my experiences. Others’ may vary.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Many elderly people keep their homes blast furnace hot because their bodies change and don’t keep as.warm as they used to.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Dutch has it. Old folks are notorious for feeling cold. I think it’s usually a sign of a slowing metabolism and sure sign of a need for physical exercise. Since the pandemic, my wife looks at me with straight up contempt on those occasions when she catches me hugging the oven.

jca2's avatar

My grandfather used to have his room and living room 80 degrees. He lived to 86. I used to say it felt like we were on the beach. It was unbearable but he was old and thin and that’s how he liked it. In addition, he would be sitting there with a hat on, shoes and socks, sweater, etc.

For me, in southern NY, I only use the AC very rarely at night. Like someone said above, if you’re used to things being warm, you can tolerate it better. I go visit friends nearby and their houses are (to me) freezing in the summer and freezing in the winter. High AC in the summer and low heat in the winter. I visit with a scarf in the winter.

Laura8888's avatar

Some people really love the heat. Not me!

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