Most of us can’t imagine sleeping without a warm and cozy blanket. It makes us feel safe and secure and is an important part of our bedtime routine. But it turns out that sleeping without a blanket can have many health benefits and may even help you fall asleep faster.
We aren’t used to sleeping without blankets, but after doing this research, we’re definitely ready to give it a try.
It May Boost Your Metabolism
There’s no doubt that it’s cozy and warm to snuggle up in a blanket, but sleeping without one can really help you lose a few pounds.
Sleeping in cooler conditions gives your metabolism a boost and increases the amount of “good” brown fat in your body.
While the term brown fat may not sound appealing, it actually allows you to burn calories faster and helps your body get rid of excess blood sugar.
You Might Fall Asleep More Quickly
As it gets colder outside, we are naturally tempted to turn up the thermostat and cover ourselves with multiple blankets. But cooler temperatures actually affect the way you sleep and make it easier to fall asleep.
Our body temperature starts to drop about 60 to 90 minutes before we fall asleep, and if the environment is too hot during this time, your body will spend more energy trying to regulate temperature, causing you to stay awake longer.
Your Sleep Quality Might Improve
If you’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night and felt like ditching your blanket, there’s a scientific explanation for it. Cooler temperatures at night help us sleep better, and if it gets too hot, it can disrupt our sleep.
The ideal temperature for sleeping falls between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher temperatures can disrupt the rapid eye movement stage, causing you to wake up tired, even if you feel like you’ve had enough sleep.
It Might Be Better For Your Skin
Hot, heavy blankets can trap heat around the body and, in addition to disturbing sleep, can contribute to a specific type of pimple called sweat pimples.
Thick, heavy blankets made from synthetic fabrics don’t allow your body to regulate its temperature and can cause sweating. Sweat combined with heat and friction can clog pores, which in turn can lead to acne.
Do you sleep with or without a blanket? Would you be able to get rid of your blanket for the sake of your health?