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Let the Thermostat Help You for Health

By Tom Herrin

Going to a lot of extra effort in order to support better health is common for those who are serious about doing something to help themselves.  You may go to great lengths to accomplish something when it is not necessarily needed.  Those who study what may be prime temperatures for living well generally agree that from 60-80 degrees appears to be the range most people keep their environments when they can control them.  It has also been found that there are other ranges that may be best to support various other life functions.

Sleep Better Cooler

A large number of people have all kinds of problems sleeping.  Whether it is due to them waking up in the night unable to go back to sleep, or having trouble falling asleep to begin with, it can virtually wreck health.  Some who study this have found that the best range of temperatures for sleeping is from 65-72 degrees.  This may help to have a full sleep cycle happen.  When some of this cycle is missing, an individual may experience fatigue without having any idea of why.  Many people have had those memories of sleeping well when it is cold and they use a heavy quilt or blanket.  

Weight Loss May Be More Successful in the Right Temp

When anyone wants to lose weight, they may be temporarily motivated.  This may soon pass once they find little or no success.  It doesn't have to be that way.  It may be possible for them to adjust their thermostats so that they will have an easier time of it.  The optimal range for losing weight may be from 64-67 degrees.  This apparently allows the body to be more efficient in burning calories.  If they really want to be brave, it has been suggested that shivering from the cold may increase the rate at which the metabolism burns calories as much as five times.

Experiment for Yourself

Each of us has to find that right formula for our body to work best.  For me, I have found that I sleep much better when it is cooler in the room.  As a result, I always turn my thermostat down each night before I go to bed.  When I was younger, and we didn't have forced heat or air, I always felt as if I slept much better when it was somewhat cold, and I slept with a big quilt that my grandmother had made.  I think there must have been more to it than I once thought.

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

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