If you’re anything like me, any temperature below 75 is too cold and winter is terrible and awful and the heat runs non-stop. But if you’re NOT like me, you may be protecting your brain health and fighting off cancers, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. You could also be improving your weight control.
According to Dr. Christopher Winter, medical director at Charlottesville Neurology & Sleep Medicine, a colder night’s sleep is just what the Dr. ordered. He says the temperature in your room should be 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep. Doc says anything above or below 75/54 degrees can disrupt sleep.
According to Dr. Winter, our bodies naturaly rise and fall in temperature throughout the day, but as night falls and we begin to sleep, our bodies begin cooling. The key to falling asleep is helping our bodies reach that ‘optimal temperature’ quicker.
Alternatively if the room is too warm or too cold, our bodies work overtime in order to maintain the ‘optimal temp’ resulting in a sleepless night full of tossing and turning.
He also says, temperatures in the 60s allow your body to release more melatonin. Melatonin is a natural chemical our bodies release that do a number of things, which include falling asleep as well as fight cancers, helping to protect brain health as well as helping your body naturally control weight. Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s can also benefit from melatonin.