Trying to fall asleep in a room which is too hot or too cold can result in a restless night which can lead to symptoms of sleep deprivation if sleeping conditions are not ideal over many consecutive nights. Sleep deprivation is accompanied by a whole host of adverse effects which range from impaired cognitive ability to weight gain. Therefore, getting enough sleep is key to a healthy mind and body.
This is why doctors such as Dr Christopher Winter, a medical doctor at Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine, are encouraging people to invest in cooling sheets and cooling pillows. Dr Christopher Winter states that the ideal temperature of a bedroom is between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 19 degrees Celsius) and, he goes on to state, temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius) and below 54 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Celsius) can result in a disturbed night of sleep.
The science which backs this statement is fairly straight forward. The body’s core temperature naturally fluctuates throughout the day. For most people, the body is at its coolest at around 5am and at its warmest early in the afternoon. The body cools down as it readies itself for sleep and the faster the body cools down, the faster it will be able to fall asleep. A cooling pillow simply speeds up the body’s natural fluctuations to encourage, and maintain, sleep. The health benefits of using a cooling pillow, and sleeping in a cool room, has numerous benefits which stem further than just getting more sleep.
Health Benefits of a Cooling Pillow:
- Fall Asleep a lot Faster
As previously mentioned, a cooling pillow speeds up the sleep process. The body does not need to expend energy on cooling or heating up which speeds up the sleep process by skipping the temperature regulating steps. The body can simply relax and fall into a comfortable sleep because it does not have to do any work to get to its ideal sleep temperature.
The body will also be able to stay asleep when it doesn’t have to work to regulate its core temperature. The temperature is constantly changing in a natural environment and the body may wake from sleep when it has to regulate its temperature. The cooling pillow will ensure the body it able to stay cool all night and avoid any unwanted changes.
- Lowers the Risk of Obesity
A good night’s rest does wonders for the metabolism, but it is still relatively unknown that sleeping in a cool environment burns more calories and increases the good fat stores of the body.
- Boosts Beauty Sleep
The body produces melatonin when exposed to cool temperatures which is well-known for being an anti-aging hormone. A good night’s rest will get rid of the bags under exhausted eyes and the melatonin will keep the skin tight and youthful.
The body temperature is regulated by the head and the feet, which is what makes the cooling pillow the ideal tool to cool off. Sleeping in a cold room can cure some types of insomnia and improve overall mental health which will have any individual feeling better on the inside and looking better on the outside.