Some mammals can withstand extreme temperatures, such as the camel, ostrich, and the tiny remarkable water bear. Humans, not so much. We can survive in air temperatures between -40 and +120 degrees Fahrenheit, which means death if our internal body temperature falls outside the 75-107 degrees Fahrenheit range.
Human comfort, of course, lies in a much narrower range, so we often write about climate and temperature in our blog. From the temperature of your bedroom to warm weather sleeping tips to the benefits of cooling pillows, sheets, mattress toppers, and comforters - we're attuned to the body's need for a pleasant ambient temperature for comfortable living.
A recent study from Israel found that, as with birds and bats, female humans seem to prefer warmer temperatures than males. Scientists have long observed that some species have evolved in a way that naturally separates the sexes, and have now extended that analysis to humans. The reason mammals have developed this way is to allow the sexes time apart from each other.
Dr. Tali Magory Cohen said that the evolutionary push seems designed to give men and women space from one another. "The bottom line is, going back to the human realm, we can say that this difference in thermal sensation did not come about so that we could argue with our partners over the air conditioning, but rather the opposite," she said. "It is meant to make the couple take some distance from each other so that each individual can enjoy some peace and quiet."
So, take Dr. Cohen's advice and don't stress over the differences you and your partner may be having over the room and bed temperature. Instead, take the view that it's nature's way of helping us all get along better.
We've recently posted some great information about staying warm in the winter months, and some of it will be useful to women seeking a bit more warmth.
Men, on the other hand, may benefit from the selection of cooling bedding options:
Also, many couples opt for two separated comforters: they do not share their pillows and choose not to share a duvet. With each partner having their own comforter, everyone will sleep better.
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