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Create the Best Environment for You

By Tom Herrin

One of the great things available for people today is the opportunity and ability to have whatever kind of environment they choose whenever they choose it.  This is obviously made possible by modern technology.  Years ago, the best they could do was open a window in summer or light the fireplace in winter.  Everything in-between was a matter of every-man-for-himself, in a manner of speaking.  Sleeping well may have been a matter of being so worn out that they fell into bed until in the morning.  In today's society, the demands are very different.  So many jobs are more mental than physical that the stresses of work may interfere with sleep.  There may be something that can be done about it with little effort.

Temperature May Be a Way to Address Sleep Issues

When people have trouble sleeping, they may be able to address it with some minor environmental adjustments.  It has been observed that an optimal range of temperatures for sleeping may be from 65 to 72 degrees.  While many may have discovered this for themselves, it may have some good bases.  For those who prefer sleeping under some kind of weight such as a quilt or blanket, this may help.  It has also been said that when it is too warm, the sleep cycle may be disturbed.

Losing Weight May Get Some Help from Temps, Too

When people are trying to lose weight, it may feel as if the odds are stacked against them.  No matter what they do, they seem to hit a brick wall.  It may be that they have not attempted it at the right temperature.  For many, the heat may inhibit weight loss efforts.  In studies, some have noted that the range from 64 to 67 degrees seems to be best for losing.  In addition, some have said that shivering may increase the metabolism, thus the rate at which calories are burned.  For those who feel they can stand it, it may be something worth trying.

What Is Mine May Not Be Yours

When it comes to preferences for temperatures, it is obvious that everyone is different.  I have always felt that I have slept better when I have a quilt or heavy blanket on me.  I now choose to turn down my thermostat at night at bedtime.  This seems to help.  I find that I sleep better and wake us less during the night.  Who knows what is best, but for those who struggle, it never hurts to try something different.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Valley City, Utah.

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