It turns out the term “good sleeping” weather is more than a myth. In fact, sleep specialists are saying that, when it’s possible, you are likely better off sleeping with the furnace turned off…or at least turned down a few degrees. According to doctors having the heat turned on can cause our bodies to overheat resulting in a restless night’s sleep. The heater can also cause your skin to appear dry, red, and itchy when you wake up in the morning.
IT’S ALL ABOUT BEING COOL…YOUR BRAIN THAT IS
So, going back to good sleeping weather, those experts say it’s better to have a cool sleeping room to keep the temperature of our brain lower than the rest of our body. This improves the circadian rhythms which is key to getting a good night’s sleep. Scientists from the University of Southern Australia say people who suffer from insomnia typically have a higher body temperature when they first go to bed and find it difficult to fall asleep.
SMALL CHANGE = BIG DIFFERENCE
Please understand that generally speaking the experts are talking about a degree or two. No one is suggesting you leave the heater or furnace turned off during a winter night in Illinois or Northwest Indiana. But it might be good motivation to turn the thermostat down in winter or leave the heat turned off entirely during those chilly nights in spring and fall.
DON’T FORGET THE FINANCIAL BENEFITS
You should consider this very good news. It’s one more way you can save a few bucks every month. Turning the thermostat down a little bit will always make those winter heating bills a little easier to deal with. You know the really easy way to cool things off at night? Make sure you are using your programmable thermostat to turn the heat down every night when you go to sleep. What? You say you DON’T have a programmable thermostat in your Steger, IL or Crown Point, IN home? By all means call Merts Heating & Air Conditioning to find out how easy it is to have one installed. To learn more about the services we offer be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.