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Is It Cold? 3 Reasons Why the Cold Helps Your Sleep {+ 1 Bonus}

by Reyna Thomas

People don't often pay attention to the temp of their rooms when they sleep, unless the temperature gets too hot or cold. But what you may not realize is that keeping our bedrooms cool all year is good. It can not only help us sleep better, but it can also prevent sickness and even slow down the aging process! Continue reading to learn about the top advantages of keeping your bedroom cooler.

Benefits of Sleeping in a Cold Room

woman sleeping snuggled with pillow next to lamp

A circadian rhythm is an internal, natural process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and occurs every 24 hours. A warmer core temperature relates to being awake and energetic in a normal circadian cycle. While drowsiness and sleep are brought on by a drop in the body's core temperature.

Knowing that your core temperature affects your sleep state is beneficial in and of itself. Still, there are other advantages to keeping your room cold that improve your entire well-being.

1. Drift Off Faster

Your body temperature normally drops when you fall asleep, so when you feel colder your body gets the signal that it is time to sleep. By making your room colder, you can speed up the process of falling asleep. As a result, your body will be able to move into its natural lower temperature state in less time. Which means falling asleep faster and staying asleep for longer. Additionally, the generation of melatonin, which promotes sleep, is stimulated in rooms with temperatures between 60˚F and 68˚F. And because the production of melatonin is not interrupted in a colder room, you can sleep deeper.

2. Prevents Insomnia

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A hyperactive brain and a hectic day aren't the only factors keeping you up at night. According to studies, people with insomnia have a greater core body temperature before falling asleep; according to studies, they are kept awake while their bodies lose the heat that is disrupting or delaying their sleep. If your body is naturally hot, you'll need to change your environment to allow your body to cool down sufficiently to signal that it's time to go to bed.

3. Enhances Mood

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You'll wake up more refreshed and feel better overall since a colder bedroom increases the quality of your sleep. The other reason has to do with the melatonin-serotonin connection. Serotonin is a well-known mood enhancer and the precursor for melatonin, which means that melatonin is created from serotonin. We sleep better and feel happier when we have enough of both hormones in our brains.

Bonus! Healthier Skin

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Did you know your skin even has its own circadian rhythm, which governs the formation of new skin cells? It is true, and melatonin is involved with both your skin and body patterns. Studies show that melatonin is also a powerful anti-aging and antioxidant agent. Melatonin can help speed up the process of skin healing and renewal, which occurs overnight. The cold can also help inflammation within your skin, helping you wake up less puffy than if you would've slept in a heated room. 

Know Before You Go

Before we leave you to try out sleeping in a cooler room, remember there is such a thing as too cold. Temperatures below 60 degrees can actually have adverse effects on your sleep and make you particularly uncomfortable. If you're sharing a room with an infant, you'll need to alter your range. Infants should sleep in environments that are between 68˚F and 72˚F; otherwise, no one is getting sleep. 

Because sleep is so essential for your health, consider reducing the temperature in your bedroom tonight to obtain the best night's sleep you've ever had. After all, getting good sleep is essential for your health, whether that means having a colder room or getting a new mattress. So, if you still can't get good sleep and want to explore your sleep options, feel free to contact one of our Crane's Mattress experts or visit our store!