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There are Benefits of Sleeping in a Cooler Environment

Do you enjoy sleeping in a cool environment? Would you rather turn up the heat before going to bed? Is this something you’ve never thought about?

There are a variety of benefits associated with sleeping in a cooler environment. Let’s take a look at a few of them:

•    Fall asleep faster: There’s nothing worse than lying in bed, for hours on end, wondering when you’ll finally fall asleep. As your body prepares for sleep, its temperature will drop. So, a cool bedroom goes along with your body’s natural instinct to sleep.

•    Improved sleep qualify: As the night goes on, your body temperature increases. And by the time you’re ready to wake up, it’s higher than it is at any point during the night. By keeping your bedroom cooler, you improve your overall quality of sleep.

•    Anti-aging: This doesn’t mean sleeping in a cold environment will keep you looking and feeling young forever. However, a lower temperature helps your body produce more melatonin. Not only does this make you tired, but this hormone is also powerful from an anti-aging perspective.

Before you go to bed tonight, turn down your thermostat a few degrees. As a general rule of thumb, somewhere between 60 and 68 degrees is a good place to start. From there, you can adjust accordingly.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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