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Using Cold Therapy to Mitigate Thermogenesis During Sleep - PDF Download


Abstract / Business Case

Studies done on the Sherpa’s and NASA astronauts clearly show a major metabolic benefit of cold environment adaption and cold exposure therapy that has been under served by modern science and medicine.  Sherpas and astronauts can sustain themselves well on a lowered caloric intake yet with superior ability to handle physical and emotional stress when cold adapted.  Applying this cold exposure time each day allows higher circulation.

Cold Therapy has had increased popularity and with that documented results. Spending time each 24-cycle using cold exposure, shortens healing and recovery times.  Athletes have been using ice baths and Cryotherapy chambers for recovery with amazing results. Core body temperature remains stable while the extreme temperatures outside cause the body to release anti-inflammatory proteins and endorphins. It allows athletes almost instant muscle recovery, reduces chronic pain and inflammatory conditions, aids weight loss and skin rejuvenation. Cryotherapy is used post-surgery to accelerate healing and reduce pain without the side effects of pain medications.

The key question then should be how can we get these benefits to everyone.  How can we use the time we sleep to recover more and be more productive during the day? Time is relative for all of us.  A large percentage of the population gets less than 6 hours of sleep.  We need to realize that the thermal coefficient of the sleep environment makes this biochemistry work against their efforts during the day of diet and exercise to live better. If they changed only the thermal sleep environment to cold and kept everything else the same the quality of the recovery during each 24-hour cycle is measurably different.

Current wearables, sleep apps, sleep trackers are confirming what we as a society are measuring in productivity loss; modern humans are sleeping horribly.  Despite advances in technology, and perhaps because of the added technology we are less healthy, sleeping poorly and struggling with chronic, inflammation, stress, and mental and physical health issues.  The mandate to use sleep efficiently and effectively must be applied to the country as a whole.  No drugs, no habit changes are required to stop the sleep deprivation epidemic; but we must allow the thermal regulation adaptions that ruled our biological clocks to do what they are meant to do during sleep-rest, recover, manage emotional and physical stress so we can do it all again the next day.