Monday, September 04, 2017

Sleeping in a cold room is healthier

Don't let this happen to you.
I like a cool bedroom, and now I see that I'm not as dumb as some of you suspect.

Dr. Christopher Winter, Medical Director at Charlottesville Neurology & Sleep Medicine, says your bedroom should be between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep. 

Temperatures above 75 degrees and below 54 degrees can disrupt sleep.
Over a 24 hour period, our body temperatures naturally peak and decline. Our internal temperature is usually at its highest in the early afternoon and lowest around 5 a.m. When we fall asleep, our bodies naturally cool off. Helping keep your body get to that lower temperature faster can encourage deeper sleep.
 Among the health benefits: You decrease your risk for certain metabolic diseases
In a four-month study, it was determined that sleeping in a 66 degree room not only burned more calories while awake, but the amount of “brown fat” (or good fat) in the body increased. Brown fat allows your body to burn calories, not store them. Together, this could help lower the risk for metabolic diseases like diabetes over time.
Moreover, you'll live forever:
It’s been shown that sleeping in temperatures between 60-68 degrees will allow your body to release more melatonin, one of our best anti-aging hormones. Melatonin is atop the body's most crucial anti-aging hormones, and when it's released at night – after exposure to total darkness – the body will react naturally, with a drop in temperature. 
In direct response to this drop in temperature, the body will also pump out elevated levels of growth hormone – another critical anti-aging hormone. As greater amounts of these hormones are released into the body, you will look, and even feel, younger.

So, pretend you're an eskimo. 

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