Set An Optimal Sleeping Temperature, Thank Us Later
Getting enough sleep is paramount for normal functioning of our bodies, there’s no doubt about it. However, sometimes, no matter how tired and sleepy you are, you simply can’t fall asleep. Tossing and turning in your bed, trying to get comfortable only to wake up in the morning just as exhausted as you were when you went to bed.
If you have no health problems which would keep you awake, or if you aren’t full of caffeine when you go to sleep, chances are that the air temperature is not optimal for your sleep. If you tend to turn off your air conditioning device during the night, you may be doing yourself a disservice because we tend to sleep best at a certain temperature. Here’s how you can help yourself by setting the thermostat just right.
What Is an Ideal Temperature?
All of us are slightly different, so your ideal sleeping temperature might vary slightly, but it has been estimated that we sleep best at around 65°F. The colder temperature together with the dark signals your body that it is time to sleep and your body goes through the whole process to prep you for good night sleep.
Simply put, people who sleep in colder rooms sleep better and longer, in addition to falling asleep much faster and with fewer problems from outside factors like the traffic or rain. Keep in mind that this strategy isn’t only applicable during the hot period of the year when we tend to blast our ACs a lot. Even in winter, when you are using your furnace, make sure that the night temperature is set to a lower setting, around 65°F.
It Can Prevent Insomnia
Trouble sleeping can be bad, but insomnia can be very damaging to your health, especially if it goes on for longer. There are numerous reasons why one might be that you are too warm to sleep. So a cooler temperature might be beneficial for your sleep cycle.
In order to feel sleepy and to be able to fall into deep sleep, your body needs to produce a hormone called melatonin. The production of melatonin increases when you find yourself in a cooler environment of around 65°F. Oh, and as an added bonus, some studies have shown that melatonin can help combat some illnesses such as cancer and heart disease, as well as some age-related illnesses like Alzheimer’s.
Boosting Your Metabolism
Burning fat while sleeping sounds like a pipe dream to most of us. However, it’s not that far from the truth. Our metabolism continually burns the food we ate and the fat reserves if there’s nothing else to burn. The rate of burning fat increases when the temperatures drop.
So, even though you may not see the results straight away, reducing the temperature on your thermostat just a bit can make a lot of difference. Because the effect doesn’t stop when you wake up, if you continually sleep in colder rooms, the effect will continue throughout the day and that’s likely going to help you with your gym progress.
Manage Stress and Depression
There is a feedback loop between depression and the lack of quality sleep. Depressed people tend to sleep poorly, which is exhausting them, which just leads to prolonged depression and that vicious circle is hard to break. However, you have to start somewhere, so why not try to get enough good sleep and start the day refreshed and ready for the new challenges.
Similarly, stress is kind of unavoidable in today’s world, but an excess amount of stress can have a multiply negative effect on our bodies and our productivity at work. However, even one night of good sleep can have a significant effect on your stress levels and put you back on track.
Not getting enough sleep can be quite noticeable on you the next day. Not only can people see that your face is a bit sunk and that you are sluggish and disoriented, but your mental faculties might be impaired as well, especially if the sleeping problem has been going on for a while. On the other hand, a good night sleep will leave you refreshed and your mind sharp, just in time for work.
Try sleeping with these temperature settings for a few nights and observe whether there are any noticeable differences in your life and work.