When I was a young girl, for a school project I interviewed my then 90 year old neighbor. I used to observe her most days outside tending her garden. She was a strong and spry woman. I asked her about her youth, growing up, and then I asked her what her secret for being healthy was. Her answer surprised me. She said she always slept with about one or two inches of her bedroom window open, even in the winter. Mind you, this was in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For those not familiar, Grand Rapids can get to as low as 18 degrees Fahrenheit on average, but it is not unusual to dip below 5 or 10 degrees. Mrs. Cook lived independently into her upper 90′s.
- Don’t sleep directly under a draft
- Open a window farther away from you, for example a far wall
- Start slowly, gradually…..Don’t go for extreme temperatures in the beginning
- If you are sick don’t sleep with an open window until you have trained yourself and know your limits of endurance
- Use your common sense
- If you don’t have thick hair or are sensitive to temperatures, wear a sleeping hat
- Go ahead and burrow under thick quilts once the temperatures become cool at night
- Don’t forget to turn off the heater in the room!