In homes that aren’t properly insulated, freezing winter temperatures can make residents really uncomfortable. That chill can creep right into your bones and cause aches and shivers that’ll keep you awake all night.
Unfortunately, discomfort is just the beginning of the problems that low indoor temperatures can cause for residents. Infants, the elderly, and people with pre-existing conditions are most at risk, but no one is safe in a frigid home. Following are the most worrisome problems caused by constant exposure to cold, plus a few strategies for warming up.
1. Sleep Disturbance
Sleep is such a critical part of life that we would literally die without it. So going for weeks or months without an uninterrupted night of restorative sleep can cause a host of problems. Weakened immune system, mood changes, and focus issues are just the beginning. Poor sleep is also associated with conditions like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
If you find that you struggle to fall asleep or to stay asleep, it may be too cold. You might also be missing truly restorative sleep if you find that you’re exhausted all day, even if you weren’t aware of waking repeatedly throughout the night.
Experiment with an electric blanket, hot water bottle, or warmer clothes in bed. If the whole house is too cold, you might want to work on warming up just one room and having a sleepover with the whole family.