Everyone has a preference when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.

Some prefer a warmer room with a heater while others like it cool with a window open. A recent study has revealed that sleeping in a cooler room not only improves health but may also help people look better, burn fat more effectively and live longer.

Those struggling to lose weight may benefit from turning down the thermostat.

Lower temperatures raise the body’s metabolic rate, enabling it to burn more fat during sleep. A cooler room also offers better quality sleep, allowing a person to wake up refreshed and ready for exercise.

In addition, those with sleep apnea and fibromyalgia conditions experienced partial relief from symptoms when they slept in cooler surroundings. While the scientists involved with the study recommended using an air conditioner to cool a room, they said a fan could be very effective as well.

Sleeping with the body covered and the head exposed was the best practice for regulating body heat as was wearing the fewest layers of clothing possible. A room temperature between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit was the ideal range for the deepest sleep and the highest resting metabolic rate.