Does Room Temperature Affect Health?
By Tom Herrin
The environment in which anyone lives must surely have some effect on them and their health. While it may not do so for everything, every little thing can help. One of those things that has shown to make a difference is temperature. With the technology that has been available for the last few decades, people have been able to maintain whatever temperature they want. A few studies have revealed that there may be a temperature that is just right for several different things that affect health. If it can be managed well, it may be useful for those who struggle with some things that can have an impact on their lives in a big way.
Temperature May Affect Sleep
It is common for lots of people to have problems with sleeping well. When they can't get enough quality sleep, it can take a toll on health in general. It is believed that the optimal range of temperature for good sleep is from 65-72 degrees. Within that, 68 degrees is thought to be most ideal. It seems that warmer temperatures may interfere with Rapid Eye Movement that is an important part of the sleep cycle.
Temperature May Affect Weight Loss
Losing weight is such a struggle for many people that they often become discouraged and gain weight instead. Some research has found that there may be an optimal temperature range for losing weight, and it is pretty specific one. That range is 64-67 degrees. It seems that the body may burn more calories at lower temperatures. As a matter of fact, it is thought that those who shiver, as from the cold, may burn calories at a rate as high as five times that which is normal. It may be worth giving a try for those who feel they can stand the cold.
As we try to become healthier, we may accomplish some great things if we will make whatever we do our own. I enjoy the cooler temperatures, for the most part, so I don't mind having my room cool. As a matter of fact, I have had problems sleeping on and off for quite a few years, so I turn down my thermostat before I go to bed each night. It seems to help me go to sleep and stay that way longer. For me, that is a good thing.
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