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Benefit Your Sleep and Health by Sleeping with Air Conditioning

Benefit Your Sleep and Health by Sleeping with Air Conditioning

Air conditioners are more than useful during the summer. They keep our homes cool during the hot and humid months, making the heat bearable. However, air conditioners serve a greater purpose than helping you beat the summertime heat. By turning your air conditioner on at night and slightly decreasing the temperature of your bedroom, you are more likely to get a good night’s sleep.

Falling asleep at a temperature between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal for a variety of reasons. Trying to sleep at a temperature within this range eliminates the need for your body to regulate its own temperature, because the air in the room is already in a perfectly cool condition.

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We’ve all experienced those times in which we wake up in the middle of the night, either to pull an extra blanket over ourselves for warmth or to shake our comforter off because it’s uncomfortably warm. Keeping the room too hot or too cold will force your body to stay awake trying to adjust itself to the less-than-ideal conditions. That’s why it’s important to crank up those air conditioners if you want to enjoy a deep, peaceful sleep.

Before doing so, it’s important to make sure they are properly maintained, like making sure the air filters and coils are cleaned for providing healthy airflow.

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    Sleep More, Age Less

    “Your skin, and your whole body, goes into repair mode when you sleep.”
    ー Doris J Day, author of Forget the Facelift

    There are more benefits to sleeping in cool temperatures than simply “getting a good night’s sleep.” Temperatures between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit encourage the body to release melatonin, a hormone that fights against the symptoms of aging. Pesky wrinkles and age spots can be held at bay by melatonin, so be sure to keep cool to release more of this hormone. Some of the benefits last beyond the nighttime and can affect your body’s health during the day. Otherwise, you’re just taking steps in the opposite direction of health.

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    Staying cool to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep is important because there are so many benefits associated with regular sleeping patterns and getting an uninterrupted rest. One of these benefits is a longer and sharper attention span. Do you ever find yourself zoning out at school or during the workday, unable to concentrate? Your problem could be lack of sleep, because a good night’s sleep should make you more attentive and ready to focus.

    Sleep and Weight Loss

    Better sleep can also help you lose weight. If you have a healthy sleeping pattern as well as good dietary and exercise habits, you are more likely to lose unwanted fat. If you have good dietary and exercise habits but irregular sleeping patterns, you are more likely to lose weight in the form of muscle mass instead. A lot of people don’t understand the science behind weight loss, and blindly assume that any kind of lost weight is good. However, maintaining your muscle mass and concentrating on burning bad fat is important. A consistent, peaceful sleeping pattern can help with that.

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    Better Sleep Enhances Your Mood

    Improving your overall mood for the day is another benefit of getting a good night’s sleep. Healthy sleeping patterns will not magically change your personality, but a restless sleep leads to exhausted and cranky mindsets. If you are able to enjoy a peaceful night of sleep, you are more likely to be able to take on the day with a positive and motivated mindset. We all know those people who can’t properly function or speak to people before downing two cups of coffee; a good night’s sleep will help make sure you are not that person.

    In summary, sleeping in cooler temperatures is good for your physical and mental health, and overall wellness. Releasing melatonin, burning more calories, and helping you get a good night’s sleep ‒ and therefore an improved mindset ‒ are a few of the benefits you should keep in mind. So turn on those air conditioners and stay cool! The same goes for the beginning of fall. Warm days can still sneak in. To take full advantage of these health benefits, learn about what needs to be done to keep your unit efficient and healthy.

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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