Temperature and Living Well
By Tom Herrin
Is there an optimal temperature at which life is at its best? Many people feel that there is. For some, that perfect temperature is 72 degrees. That is cool enough to make things pleasant but warm enough to avoid problems. Other people have different ideas regarding the subject. The truth is that people really do function better at some temperatures than at others. The problem that many couples find is that one prefers warm while the other prefers cool. Finding the happy medium may be a challenge. Maybe understanding more about how temperatures affect people will help a little.
Sleep May Be a Major Consideration
For those who have difficulty sleeping, they may feel there is no good temperature. This is likely due to the fact that they have other issues interfering with their sleep cycles. This may include worry or some physical issue. At times, exercising too close to the time they go to bed can cause them to be too wide awake. Everyone is different. It has been suggested that an ideal temperature for sleeping may be between 65 and 72 degrees. The point is for it to be cool enough to avoid them really overheating which can cause problems.
Temperature for Weight Loss May Be Important
Lots of people probably feel that there is no temperature at which they can be more successful at losing weight. There may well be, however, a temperature that can support weight loss more effectively. It is generally felt that, when people are shivering to keep warm, they may be burning quite a few additional calories. It is true that it does burn calories in order to heat the body, so it makes sense. One must be careful so as to avoid getting so cold that they burn too much energy and become run down. It has been suggested that a temperature between 64 and 67 degrees may be best for overall weight loss.
Give It a Try
I am one of those who prefers the temps to be a little cooler most of the time. My wife, on the other hand, would rather have it warm almost all of the time. I try to exercise when it is a little cooler so that I will warm up slightly as I work out. As for sleeping, I always try to turn the thermostat down some at night. I usually sleep much better when I do.
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