We don’t often think about the temperature of our bedrooms and if we need a cold room unless we are in the middle of another summer heatwave and we’re trying everything we can think of to get comfortable.
As human beings, we have a constant body temperature of 37 degrees Celsius, beside the high and low peak that our temperature reaches in the afternoon and at 5am.
Our bodies like a cold room at night and when it does begin to warm up – it interrupts our sleep. This is because when our body temperature drops, we are able to fall asleep earlier and besides that- it has some other health benefits!
Sleeping in a cold room will result in a better night’s sleep and help cure insomnia. This is because the body’s core temperature actually needs to drop in order to initiate sleep.
It’ll Keep You Looking Young
Not only does melatonin tell your body it’s time to sleep – it’s a hormone that also promotes anti-ageing. Once we’re asleep, in total darkness and our body temperature drops, it releases melatonin and triggers a slight cool-down in the body.
Decreases Your Risk Of Metabolic Illnesses
Studies have shown that sleeping in a room that’s consistently 18 degrees Celsius helps you burn calories while asleep. Over time, this can lower the risk of metabolic diseases.
It Can Help You Lose Weight
As your body temperature drops and growth hormone is released, the stress hormone cortisol will also decrease with healthy sleep patterns. When you aren’t able to sleep enough, you’ll wake up with high levels of cortisol—meaning you’re more likely to reach for a box of cookies due to increased stress levels!
Your Sleep Quality Is Better
During the night, if your room is too hot (or alternately too cold), your body will work to regulate your temperature. Cooler temperatures are linked to deeper sleep whereas a hot environment “increases wakefulness and decreases slow wave sleep”.
So, put on your favourite PJs, turn the temperature down a couple of degrees, and get ready to catch some zzz’s!