Hard to Please OAP’s is airing on TV this Thursday, featuring Harry Redknapp and Amanda Barrie.
The six-part series will pit the stars against tech innovations such as electric cars, smart homes, remote-controlled golf trolleys, home saunas, dog cameras and pooper-scooper vacuums.
It will also allow them to blow off steam about whether things were really better in the old days.
With that in mind, Nest Learning Thermostat has teamed up with thermal expert Michael Symonds, Professor of Physiology, to shed some light on other areas you might not have previously considered when hitting the on or off switch of your thermostat.
Here are four ways smart tech can help you at home that you may not have considered.
1) Mastering the right temperature at night time can help you fall asleep faster, sleep better and even dream more!
Can’t remember the last time you had a dream? Being too cold during sleep can reduce the amount of time spent in an active sleep (also known as rapid-eye movement, REM, or dream), meaning you’ll dream less if you’re too cold.
2) Netflix may be giving you actual chills
Your body temperature changes with your mood. If you’re feeling irritated you’re likely to get hot and flustered. In contrast, feelings of anxiety can cause body temperature to drop. So if you’re sat anxiously watching a nail-biter like Bird Box, you may find yourself needing to reach for that extra blanket, and not just to hide beneath.
3) Who knew the temperature of your home could benefit your exercise regime?
Is the countdown to getting fit for your summer holiday well and truly on? If you’ve signed up to an at-home workout plan or taken to running in the park after work, warming up in an environment with the same temperature you’re going to exercise in can help avoid muscle injury.
4) Just sat down in a meeting and your eyes feel heavy and your concentration’s off – sound familiar?
This could be down to the room temperature, which can impact how alert and decisive we feel due to how active and alert our brains are. For example, in a warm space you’re more likely to feel tired and, although a cooler room can stimulate the brain, if it’s too cold your body will use more energy keeping itself warm and your brain activity will slow down again.
Like most things, it’s about finding a perfect balance.