As chilly fall and winter temperatures move in, you may be tempted to bump up the heating in your bedroom. After all, snuggling up in a cozy huddle of blankets sounds enjoyable, right? While that may be true, sleeping in a cold room actually makes sleeping easier and provides a few health benefits to boot. The following benefits can come from embracing the chill and choosing to sleep in a cold room.
You Fall Asleep Quickly
As night approaches, our body temperature drops to signal the time to slow down and rest. When you sleep in a cold room, you reinforce your body’s instinct to sleep. If the room is too hot, you block that signal and increase the time it takes for you to drift off.
Better Sleep Quality
Your body temperature rises as you get closer to waking, which can result in “sleeping hot.” If you wake up sweaty in the middle of the night, you know this can be disruptive. By keeping your bedroom cooler, you regulate your temperature throughout the night and help give yourself a steady sleep.
Rooms that are between 60 and 68 degrees stimulate melatonin, which encourages sleep. Melatonin is loaded with other benefits, including anti-aging effects, more regular menstrual cycles, enhanced moods, weight loss, and increased brain health.
A stressful day and an overactive brain can keep you awake at night, and studies have shown that those with insomnia also have a warmer core body temperature. Your body typically cools off at night in anticipation of sleep. However, if your body runs hot, you have to alter your environment to cool your temperature down enough to signal bedtime.
Decreased Risk of Disease
Colder temperatures increase insulin sensitivity, which lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes. Colder sleeping temperatures also promote glucose disposal, another type 2 diabetes risk. Additionally, because melatonin is an antioxidant able to cross the blood-brain barrier, it has been shown to prevent Alzheimer’s and premature aging of the brain.
When you sleep in a cold room, you can increase your mood in two ways. First, a better night’s sleep will make you feel better throughout the day. Second, serotonin is the mood-enhancing neurotransmitter and produces melatonin. Good sleep produces serotonin, which produces melatonin, which produces great sleep and more serotonin!
Sleep Well With A Mattress From All American Mattress
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