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Turn Down the Temp and Sleep Better

By Tom Herrin

There are lots of ways to help improve the quality of life for anyone.  It doesn't have to be something earth shattering, but little things may often accomplish what they can't seem to do otherwise.  It may be the simplest of things that can change the way the body works.  One that is easy to do is to adjust the temperature of a room or home.  With the advent of much of the technology available today, anyone can control just about anything related to their environmental conditions indoors.  As such, it may be that you can boost their health by making some of these minor changes. 

Risk a Higher Electric Bill

For many years, the suggested temperature for those who were trying to conserve energy was 68 degrees in winter and 78 in summer.  This may save a few dollars, but for those who experience sleep problems, a steady temp may be much more effective.  Some who study this have recommended keeping temperatures in a range of 65-72 degrees for optimal sleeping conditions.  Apparently the sleep cycle is not as well supported at warmer temperatures.  Most have had times in which they have slept well when they have needed to use heavier covers.

Losing Weight May Be Helped by Temperature

Anyone attempting to lose weight can likely attest to the fact that it is extremely challenging.  It has been discovered by some who study this that there appears to be a prime range of temperatures for losing weight as well.  This is pretty narrow in range.  It is believed to be from 64-67 degrees.  It may make the body more efficient in the use of energy.  For those who want big results, it is believed that those who shiver from the cold may burn calories at a much higher rate.  It may be as much as five times the normal rate.

We Can All Be a Success

When we do a little minor adjusting of the thermostat, we may be able to make some good changes that can affect our health.  I always turn my thermostat down before going to bed each night.  It seems to have resolved some of my problems I have had for years with sleeping well.  I also only begin a weight loss program in spring or fall.  It has seemed to me that the milder temperatures do a better job of supporting my efforts.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

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