Wondering why it’s hard for you to sleep during summer nights? Well, maybe it’s the humidity that prevents you from sleeping aside from the sweat on your forehead.
There were several pieces of evidence showing how sleeping in a cold room facilitates sleepiness and help you in losing extra pounds.
When it comes to getting a good night of sleep, our bedroom temperatures can make a huge difference, according to an article written by Dr. Christopher Winter, Medical Director at Charlottesville Neurology & Sleep Medicine, and published by the Huffington Post. When your body temperature drops, sleep usually begins. That’s why; a colder room can encourage us to fall asleep faster.
Here are the reasons why you need to keep the air on cool:
You’ll Have A More Restful Sleep
Results of research conducted at the University of South Australia had revealed that a body with poor temperature regulation may suffer from certain forms of insomnia – sleep onset insomnia and sleep maintenance insomnia. Since insomniacs have warmer core body temperature, they need to wait for their body to drop its temperature to lose the heat keeping them awake or interrupting their sleep.
This only means that if you want to reach a deeper and restorative sleep, you need to fall asleep in a colder room to help your body cool down.
Lowers Your Risk For Metabolic Disease
According to one study, you can lower your risk of certain metabolic diseases, like diabetes, if you sleep in a room set to 66 degrees. In the study, participants were found to be able to burn more calories when they were awake and almost have doubled their amounts of good fats which in the long-run can lower the risk of metabolic diseases.
Will Keep You Young-Looking
Your body will have difficulty in releasing melatonin, which is one of the system’s best anti-aging hormones when you sleep in a room warmer than 70 degrees. Sleeping in a cool and dark room with temperature no higher than 21 Celsius will enable your body temperature to drop and improve and protect your melatonin production. Aside from helping you sleep better, melatonin can also help lift your mood, reduce inflammation, and protect you against cognitive decline.
Can Help You Lose Weight
Natasha Turner, a naturopathic doctor, says to the Huffington Post that:
“As your body temperature drops and growth hormone is released, the stress hormone cortisol will also decrease with healthy sleep patterns.”
This means that an inadequate amount of sleep will cause a person to wake up with high levels of cortisol thus making him more likely to reach for a box of cookies and have increased anxiety.
A study conducted by the US National Institutes of Health also showed that sleeping in a cold room has increase participants’ amount of brown fat which can help in speeding up their metabolism. Brown fat burns calories.