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How Does Air Temperature Affect Your Health?

By Tom Herrin

Everyone seems to have a different set of biological measures.  This may include everything from size to temperature.  When it comes to temperature, it may have the highest degree of swing.  Some feel that they are extremely uncomfortable any time it gets the least bit cool.  Others suffer from things related to the heat.  Still others seem to do well even as the temperatures vary quite a bit.  There may not be a one-size-fits-all, but there are lots of things to consider.  Learning a little more about it may be a good way to help people make the best use of what is available to them.

Temperatures for Better Sleep

Many people have trouble sleeping.  It is pretty common, and there are all kinds of reasons as to why they can't.  It may be due to overall stress.  When people can't clear their heads, so to speak, they may tend to replay everything over and over to the extent that it actually wakes them up more.  Trying to create the best environment in which to sleep is possible once they are able to put other things aside.  According to H. Craig Heller, PhD., it may be best to have a temperature that supports circadian rhythms.  He believes this to be between 65 and 72 degrees.

What Is a Good Temperature for Losing Weight?

There may or may not be an ideal temp for losing weight, but burning calories must take place in order to be successful.  It is generally believed that people may be able to burn quite a few extra calories by some slight shivering.  Of course, it won't help them to be so cold that it weakens their immune system, but if they can do enough shivering to warm their bodies, they will burn a few excess calories.  It has been suggested that temperatures between 64 and 67 may be the most conducive to weight loss.

Some of This Will Be Personal Decisions

I always feel terribly uncomfortable when I am too warm.  For that reason, I always turn the thermostat down before I go to bed.  I have also felt that I had the most success losing weight during the fall and spring.  I feel that the temperature is most supportive then.  While we may not be able to have ideal temps all of the time, adjusting them may change our quality of life.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Huntersville, N.C.

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