Why You Need To Try Sleeping In A Cold Room
Written by: Brandi Monasco
I’m one of those many people that likes to have my room as cold as a polar bear’s cave when I’m going to sleep. Sometimes it even includes being buried in blankets up to and even over my head with a foot sticking out. Crazy, right?
Even though this may sound weird to some, it is extremely comfortable for me and there are actually health benefits to sleeping in a cold room!
Did you know that sleeping in a cool room:
1. Helps You Fall Asleep Easier
Your body has an “internal thermostat,” meaning that your body has its own way of regulating temperature within your body. When you sleep in a cool room, you’re able to keep your body temperature at a comfortable temperature. If you sleep in a warm room, you may feel like the room is stuffy and that you cannot breathe, which can keep you awake longer.
2. Helps You Manage Your Weight
Sleeping helps burn calories, which is something that many people are not aware of. Sleeping in a cool room helps your body to burn off even more calories by raising your metabolism. Also, your body has a type of “good fat” that is called brown fat.
When your body is cold, such as when you are sleeping in a cooler room, this brown fat increases and produces more heat than the rest of your body which in turn, helps to burn off extra sugar and fat. This also helps to lower your risk for metabolic diseases.
3. You Will Stay Looking Younger
According to naturopathic doctor Natasha Turner, sleeping in a room that is warmer than 70 degrees will prevent your body from naturally cooling down, which can inhibit the release of melatonin. Melatonin is widely known for maintaining your circadian rhythm, which is your awake and sleep cycle.
However, melatonin is also one of your body’s most crucial anti-aging hormones. When melatonin is released at night, your body naturally drops in temperature. This temperature drop increases levels of growth hormones, which is also another critical anti-aging hormone. A larger amount of these two hormones being released into your body will leave you feeling and looking younger.
Here are a few ways to help you stay cool at night:
1. Sleep Naked. Less clothes means less insulation.
2. Use a fan to circulate air around the room.
3. Purchase a cooling pillow. This can help to draw the heat away.
4. Stick one or both feet out from under the covers.
What are your thoughts on sleeping in the cold? Do you have any favorite tips or tricks for getting a good night’s sleep? Share with us in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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