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Avoid Turning up the Heat for Health

By Tom Herrin

When many people are the least bit uncomfortable with the temps, they often simply reach up to the thermostat and crank it up or down.  This may be an easy fix for the immediate time being, but in the long run, they may need to look at the overall picture.  Temperatures may have a much bigger effect on health than many may be aware.  It may have to do with performance of activities and efficiency of the body, and it may have to do with improving the quality of what anyone is doing.  This may include sleep.  It has been believed that the best temperature for most people is the range of from 60 to 80 degrees.  

Sleep Temperature May Be Really Important

Some people find it a constant struggle to get any kind of quality sleep.  Part of this may be due to the fact that some temperatures tend to interfere with sleep cycles.  These cycles have been found to be a big deal when it comes to getting a good night's sleep.  Studies have indicated that the range from 65 to 72 degrees may be the best for good sleep.  Many people know the feeling of sleeping in a cold room and how well it seems to work for them.

Weight Loss and Temperature

Some people would give almost anything to be able to lose weight.  The only thing they may not want to do is make any kind of real change.  It seems that some temperatures are better for this as well.  This range is pretty specific, so it makes one wonder if there may be something to it.  The range that is thought to be best is 64 to 67 degrees.  The body may be more efficient at this point.  On top of this, if they feel they can handle the cold, shivering is believed to help ramp up the metabolism.  It may increase its ability to burn calories by as much as five times.

Let It Work for You

No one has any one answer for all issues.  Some of these may not work at all for you, but they may be worth trying.  I have had issues sleeping well and have turned down my thermostat before going to be each night.  It has helped a lot. As for weight loss, I have always felt that the prime time for me to lose weight is spring or fall.  As a result I won't try any other time.  So far,  it has worked pretty well.

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

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