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Some Really Do Like It Hot

By Tom Herrin

When it comes to just what kinds of temperatures people enjoy living in the most, the range is wide open. It is true that some people are comfortable at temps that others feel like they're burning up in.  This is because people simply have all kinds of preferences when it comes to temperatures.  Some of this may be due to internal body chemistry, but some of it is due to the environment in which they have lived and become accustomed.  Many people who live in places in which it is extremely cold find it unbearable any time the temperatures reach levels that may seem comfortable to others.  These cases are obviously learned preferences.

Sleeping Temperatures May Be for Real

There are good temperatures at which to do a lot of things.  One of these is sleeping.  Many people find that, if it is too warm, it is impossible to sleep well.  Years ago, dealing with summer nights was a big problem in areas in the south, especially where it was more humid.  Some people slept outdoors on large porches in order to be more comfortable.  A good night's sleep can mean a much more productive individual the next day.  Studies have found that ideal sleeping temperatures seem to be best in the mid to upper 60s or low 70s with the prime temp being around 68.

Managing Weight Well May Be Easier at Some Temps

When temperatures are at any kind of extreme, it may be very difficult to lose weight.  People may even gain more easily, or hold, at some temperatures.  It has been suggested that temperatures of 64 to 67 degrees may be best for losing weight.  If there is a right one, why not take advantage of it?  It has also been noted that people may have an increase in their metabolism when they are shivering because they must generate so much more heat.  This may be a good practice but does not suggest that they are miserably cold.

Count Me In

I have always found that temperature can play an important role in how my body works.  When I have tried to lose weight, I have generally tried to do so in fall or spring.  I have felt that my body burns calories better at those temps.  I have struggled, at times, to sleep.  As a result, I always turn our thermostat down at night.  It seems to help me to sleep much more comfortably.  For me, the colder the better.  If it requires me to use a blanket, I sleep even better.

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

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