Sleep deprivation is an overly common phenomenon, especially among seniors…
You turn and toss without getting a wink…and you can’t really put a finger on it!
Your doctor tells you it’s a normal part of aging, and as usual, prescribes more sleep pills for you…notwithstanding your feedback that they aren’t helping you one single bit!
And the frustrations continue to deepen even further!
But come to think of it…
Did you know that your bedroom temperature plays a role in determining your sleep quality?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the optimal temperature for sleep is between 65-67 degrees Fahrenheit (F).
The body naturally decreases temperature to initiate sleep, and sleeping in a room that’s set at a cooler temperature can help facilitate the process.
And interestingly, research suggests that some instances of insomnia may be related to poor body temperature regulation.
Besides optimizing sleep, new research also shows that sleeping in a cooler bedroom may have a positive impact on your metabolism and metabolic health.
In a recent study published in the journal Diabetes, a group of researchers affiliated with the National Institutes of Health assessed the effects of varying bedroom temperatures on brown adipose tissue (BAT), metabolic rate, and insulin sensitivity in a group of healthy young men.
And for your information, BAT is a very distinct type of fat and radically different than unwanted body fat i.e. white adipose tissue (WAT).
The function of BAT is to burn calories and convert them into heat in order to keep your body warm when exposed to cold temperatures.
However, BAT levels seem to decline as you age and appear to be lower in individuals with higher levels of WAT.
As such, activating BAT and tapping into its ability to increase thermogenesis (burning) and melt down WAT, is a novel, cutting-edge angle of the anti-obesity equation.
During the first month of the crossover study, participants slept in a temperature-controlled research facility set at 75 degrees F.
During the second month, the temperature was set at 66 degrees F…
And during the third and fourth months, the room temperatures were set at 75 and 81 degrees F, respectively.
The results of the study were simply jaw dropping…
During the second month when the young men slept in the moderately cooler room i.e. 66 degrees F, they experienced significant increases in BAT amount and activity.
In fact, their amount of brown fat nearly doubled.
Not only that…
Sleeping in the colder room led to significantly higher metabolic rate, improved insulin sensitivity, and beneficial changes in the hormones leptin and adiponectin.
According to the study’s senior author Francesco S. Coli, “These were all healthy young men to begin with, but just by sleeping in a cooler room, they gained metabolic advantages that could add up over time“.
It can, therefore, be safely concluded that…
By lowering the bedroom temperature to 65-67 degrees F, you may not only sleep better, but also effortlessly tweak your metabolism for the better!
So, what’s your bedroom’s temperature?
Be sure to regulate it appropriately for a blissful sleep and overall good health.
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Thank you and stay tuned…