Do you want to lose weight and shed a few of those extra pounds that have been bothering you? Here’s a little trick that’s as simple as opening your window.
Mom Was Right
Mothers have insisted since time began that fresh air is always good, and a recent scientific study has shown that they have a point. According to the folks at Is It Bad For You, fresh air definitely has health properties, including losing weight. Opening a window at night can increase humidity in your bedroom, which helps prevent dehydration. But the cooler temperatures offer another benefit.
Lose Weight While You Snooze
One benefit of sleeping with a window open that Mom probably didn’t think about: it can help you lose weight. According to a research scientist at Oxford University, colder temperatures stimulate the metabolism, as it takes energy to stay warm. Using up calories, whether by exercising or making your body keep itself warm helps with weight loss.
But there is more to this theory than burning calories to get rid of fat. It turns out that people have two kinds of fat: brown and white. Brown fat is the good stuff: it burns whenever it’s necessary to keep warm. The problem is that your body doesn’t store very much of it. White fat is the stuff we’re all sadly familiar with: it simply gets stored in the body, giving us bellies or thunder thighs.
But if you sleep with a window open, the cold air quickly depletes your body’s brown fat. In order to keep you warm, the body converts extra white to brown fat. The end result is less white fat and thus weight loss.
Scientists Say This Is Not a Gimmick
The general rule is that if it’s too good to be true, then it probably isn’t. But losing weight from sleeping in a cold room seems to be the real deal.
- Professor Grossman, who conducted the Oxford study, believes that chilly air in the bedroom that lowers the temperature even a few degrees might even help those who have type-2 diabetes.
- The Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands conducted a study that concluded that keeping the thermostat at around 60 degrees for a few hours a day will help keep weight down.
According to a scholar at the National Sleep Foundation, there are several other benefits of fresh air and a cool bedroom.
- Fresh air has a cooling effect, which is key to getting a good night’s sleep;
- People associate fresh air with relaxation and thus it can help make folks sleepy; and
- A drop in temperature tells the body that the day is done and it’s time for bed.
Lose Weight, Gain Sleep
Cool air is particularly helpful for people suffering from insomnia and lets them get a rare good night’s sleep. By lowering the temperature in the brain, the frontal cortex slows down. That’s the part of the brain that controls, among other things, the conscience, emotions, and memories — in short, all of the things that can easily keep one up at night. Cool the frontal cortex, and it’s a lot easier to chill out, leading to a full night of good restorative sleep.
At Layla, we’ve known about the connection between feeling cool and a good night’s sleep for a while now. That’s why we designed our mattress to be infused with copper. When you settle down on one of our beds, the copper cells inside our comfy mattresses compress and pull away body heat. Now it turns out that if you combine the special properties of our mattress with fresh air, you may have an even greater chance for a deep (and maybe even slimming) night’s sleep.
So if you’d rather lose fat by snoozing than by dieting, throw a window open wide in the dead of winter or crank up the air conditioning in the summer when you go to bed.