Everyone has their own preferred environment for a good night’s sleep. Some people need complete darkness and silence, some prefer to lay their head down at night in a virtual ice box, and some like to sleep snug as a bug under covers, even during the warmer months.
However, just because you like to burrow under layers of blankets doesn’t mean you’re doing the best thing for your body. In fact, there are proven health benefits to sleeping in cooler temperatures! Just take a look at some of the advantages of sleeping in a cold room, and then stick around for some ways to reduce the temperature while you snooze.
Who doesn’t want to lose weight without going to the gym? Studies have shown that sleeping in cool temperatures can help raise your metabolism. Despite not moving much, your body does burn calories while you sleep, so why not sleep with the A/C on and let your body do the work?
Sleep is your body’s best medicine, because the better you sleep, the more melatonin (the body’s natural anti-aging cream) you produce. When it’s cold, you sleep better — period. So, try to lower that temperature before you catch some z’s and reap the benefits of your beauty rest in the morning.
Staying under the covers with your head exposed is the healthiest way to sleep. While the length of your body stays warm, your head will remain cool, ensuring that you remain at an overall consistent temperature. That means no hiding your head under the blankets!
Sleep studies have shown that symptoms of diseases such as sleep apnea and fibromyalgia have decreased when sleeping in cooler temperatures.
Your body’s temperature naturally decreases after you fall asleep. This is why it’s common to wake up in the middle of the night and feel cold, even in the summertime. If you’re sleeping in a cooler room, your temperature will drop quicker, leading you to la-la land much faster. Just try it and see!
This one’s kind of a no-brainer, but don’t think that you have to sleep completely sans clothes. If you sleep in full PJs, try not wearing pants. If you wear a sweater, wear a shirt instead. It’s all about removing layers and finding what works best for you.
Sure, you’ll have to untuck your blanket, but that may be the easiest fix ever!
Even those without access to air conditioning probably have a fan lying around. Haul it into the bedroom and enjoy the cool breeze!
Studies have shown that there is actually a near-perfect temperature to sleep in that will prevent you from becoming too blazing hot or freezing cold. The ideal temperature falls between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wow, I never knew there could be so many benefits to sleeping in cooler temperatures. Looks like I’ll be giving some of these methods a go!
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