She Always Turns Their Thermostat To 65 Degrees Before Bed - When I Learned Why, I Did It Too!
Shaylynn Totolo 6/27/2016
A cool 72-degree room may sound ideal, but the truth is that sleeping in a cold room has huge health benefits, some of which are incredibly surprising.
Set The Perfect Temperature
What is your ideal temperature? It might depend on things like geographic location, or time of year, but typically people sleep anywhere between 72-75 degrees. Optimally though, the colder the better. Just how cold, you ask?
A chilly 60-67 degree, according to Dr Chris Winter of the Huffington Post. And although that sounds a bit cruel to the average sleeper, there is no need to worry. Your body adjusts quickly, and the health benefits associated with it are worth every dollar of your increased electric bill.
There is a little anti-aging hormone in all of us called melatonin. When the body rests, it's temperature drops and our bodies produce this hormone after being exposed to darkness. Sleeping in a dark, cool room therefore makes us feel and look younger.
Regulating your internal body temperature is key. When you are too hot or too cold you have a difficult time sleeping, are restless, or have a hard time falling asleep at all, we have all experienced this. When your body finally falls asleep, the bodies desired body temperature decreases, therefore making it more important to stay cooler, in order to be comfortable and get a good nights rest.
Decrease Your Chances Of Metabolic Diseases
People sleeping in chilly conditions tend to increase their caloric outtake during the day. Not only that, according to a study lowering your thermostat can decrease your risk of diabetes. Combine the lessened risk of metabolic diseases like diabetes, as well as an increase in your ability to burn calories during the day, sleeping in the colder room has huge benefits when it comes to your metabolic health.
That's right ladies, no jammies required. By sleeping naked, you will be decreasing your body temperature naturally, without the need to spend your paycheck on your electric bill. By sleeping in the buff your body will also produce less cortisol, decreasing your stress and anxiety level, as well as regulating your appetite.
Time to turn down those thermostats and snuggle in. It might feel a bit chilly the first few nights but your body will quickly adjust, and thank you for it in the long run. No time like the present to get started!