We often tend to associate health improvement with eating a more nutritious diet or getting more exercise. But there is something even more fundamental to our physical and mental well-being: sleep.
As we sleep, our bodies are healing and building up energy and strength for the day to follow. Fine-tuning and maintaining consistent sleep patterns are an important part of our daily health ritual. Your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is a valuable tool you can use to create and sustain just the right temperature to help you get the deep, curative sleep your body and mind need.
Increased Energy and Productivity
Most people attain the most quality sleep with the thermostat set between the temperatures of 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Part of the reason for this is that the body’s temperature decreases slightly when we drift into sleep. Keeping a cooler sleeping chamber can make it easier for you to fall and stay asleep.
Everyone is different, so experiment with your home’s temperature until you start waking up feeling rested and strong. Getting enough hours of quality sleep each night is essential to generating physical energy and allowing the mind to function at its maximum potential. During the nighttime, our bodies are going through a series of different tasks, including healing damaged muscle tissue, storing up energy reserves, and releasing various hormones needed for growth and metabolism.
While we sleep, our body is also healing damaged skin cells. In that ideal temperature range between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, the body is releasing melatonin, a hormone recently demonstrated to possess anti-aging and antioxidant properties. In fact, melatonin has been shown to be a better tool for fighting lipid peroxidation (cellular damage caused by free radicals) in the brain than what has long been considered the gold standard in this arena: vitamin D.
When you’re not getting enough sleep, your body isn’t releasing the hormones it needs to regulate functions like growth and metabolism. Another side effect of sleep deprivation can be weight gain. Routinely getting your full night of quality sleep helps your system reset itself, and gets your metabolism firing properly. It may seem counter-intuitive, but if you want to lose some weight, make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep, every night.
Mood Elevation and Bolstered Immunity
The process of sleep is not only good for your body, but it is also crucial for your mind and mood. Without enough sleep, hormones can become unbalanced, resulting in irritability and moodiness. A lack of sleep also weakens the immune system, your body’s first line in defense against illness. Studies have shown that a lack of sleep can result in a reduction in the number of cytokines (immune-system regulating proteins), and infection-fighting antibodies in the body.
Scheduling your HVAC Maintenance
In the Charleston and Mt. Pleasant South Carolina area, contact One Call Heating and Air to get your HVAC system tuned up. It’s also a great time to talk about optimal usage, filtration and duct servicing, and the option to incorporate air purifiers and humidifiers into your existing HVAC system.