If you and your partner are one of the majority of couples out there who bicker a lot over the number on the thermostat, check this out – whoever likes it to be colder at night now has scientific proof to back up their stand.
According to an article which was written by Dr. Christopher Winter, medical director at Charlottesville Neurology & Sleep Medicine, there are numerous reasons to keep your thermostat between 60-67 degrees F while you’re sleeping.
According to his research, if the temperature falls below or climbs above that range you’re more likely to toss, turn, and generally have a worse night sleep than you would have if you kept it between those numbers.
Why? It’s very important to mention that our bodies have a natural, 24-hour cycle in which our temperatures peak in the late afternoon and fall to their lowest point around 5 am. We usually have the ability to fall asleep when our body temperature begins to drop, so keeping your room cold could be an important step if you are trying to fall asleep faster.
A cold room follows a more restful sleep, says research out of University of South Australia which connected poor body temperature regulation with types of insomnia.
It could restrain you from looking older, since sleeping in a room warmer than 70 degrees doesn’t allow your body to release melatonin.
Naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner mentions that healthy sleep patterns and a predictable temperature drop release a growth hormone and decrease the amount of your released stress hormone, the combination of which could actually make you more likely to lose weight
One study even said that it is able to lower your risk for metabolic diseases such as diabetes. Volunteers who participted burned more calories while they were awake and also doubled their amount of brown fat, or good fat, while allows the body to store less calories. During time periods, that combination can lower your risk of having metabolic diseases.
So, there you go – make sure to turn down the temperature in your house and be prepared to have the healthiest sleep.