- Sleeping in a cold environment can actually help you lose weight.
- The chilly weather can also have more benefits like lower your risk for metabolic disease.
If you prefer to keep your bedroom temperatures chilly side while catching some shut eye, you might be on to something.
According to Dr. Christopher Winter — a Medical Director at Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine, the bedroom temperature can actually make a huge change when it comes to getting a good night sleep.
Though most of us might not give a second thought to the temperature ate night, unless it’s for saving money, Winter mentioned that our rooms should be 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit to experience the best sleep. And if the temperature goes above 75 degrees or below 54 degrees, it can cause unrelaxing and disrupted sleep.
But why does it really matter? Turns out that a person’s body temperatures naturally peak and decline during a 24-hour period, with the highest numbers occurring in the late afternoon and lowest around 5 a.m. Our deep sleep usually begins when our body temperature drops, that’s why a colder room can help make us sleep faster.
As if a good night sleep isn’t enough to make you crave for them, there are a few health benefits of getting so. A research done at the University of South Australia found that certain types of insomnia occur when the body gets poor temperature regulation.
If ever you’re having trouble falling a sleep at night, you might want to adjust your room’s coolness for a deeper, restorative sleep.
It can also help you look younger or maintain your youthful glow. It is said that sleeping in a room that is warmer than 70 degrees may stop your body from releasing melatonin, which is your body’s best anti-aging hormone.
If you sleep in total darkness and your temperature drops, it’s bound to release melatonin that will trigger a slight cool down in the body.
According to naturopathic doctor Natasha Tuner, your body temperature drops then your growth hormone gets released. Your stress hormone called cortisol will also decrease when you have a healthy sleeping pattern. Whenever you don’t sleep enough, you wake up with an increased amount of cortisol which means that you’re more likely to have increased anxiety and eat.
Sleeping in a room set to around 66 degrees can actually prevent certain metabolic diseases like diabetes.