Winter is upon us, which means that cooler temperatures are here! If you live in the Dallas area like us, you’re probably welcoming the change in seasons. It will also mean that you will probably be sleeping in a chillier bedroom. And that will likely be a good thing.
Lots of people prefer to sleep in a colder environment. Most find it’s more pleasant to sleep warm, not hot, and sleeping in a cold room makes it easier to avoid night sweats as well. But as it turns out, there are several health benefits to it as well.
- You’ll probably fall asleep faster. At nightfall, your core body temperature drops, which your body takes as a signal that it’s time to go to bed. A cooler nighttime temperature helps to reinforce this signal. Conversely, hotter night temperatures can disrupt this signal and make it harder to fall asleep.
- You’ll probably enjoy deeper sleep. Nobody likes waking up drenched in sweat, which is less likely to happen in a chilly environment.
- Your hormones are likely to be more balanced. A cold environment can stimulate the body’s natural production of melatonin, the well-known sleep hormone. And it can also help produce more growth hormone.
- It can help promote weight loss. If you’re sleeping in a cold environment, your body has to work harder to keep your temperature boosted throughout the night. This means your metabolism is naturally higher throughout the night as your body needs to generate more body heat.
- It can help reduce the risk of insomnia. One of the symptoms of stress – which in turn can contribute to difficulty falling asleep – is an elevated body temperature. If your body is running hot due to stress, a colder temperature can help dial it down, which in turn can help you get to sleep faster.
Obviously, all this means that getting a good night’s sleep will be harder starting in June. But for now, let’s take advantage of the drop in temperatures and get better rest.
Source: Is It Really Better To Sleep in a Cold Room? (Sleep Advisor)