It turns out that proper bedroom temperature & ultimately body temperature are vital to good sleep.
And while the National Sleep Foundation recommends the room be between 60 and 67 degrees, individual needs end up being,… -well; very individual. -And problemmatic.
So: The Science of Us jumps in to the rescue! Their answer? -Feet!
And taking the other side of the LifeHacker post that recommends socks, TSOU notes an important factor:
Your body needs to get a little bit colder just prior to sleep and drift lower toward morning.
It’s a total 0.6-0.9F change in core-temp. Not a lot, but still significant enough to make a difference.
Well, our hands and feet turn out to be fantastic, hairless little heat-radiators! So much so, that a sports-medicine company even created a post-workout cooldown rig that only operates on 1 of your hands.
So: TSOU makes the point that if you’re having trouble, you can help hasten the process without a bath or warm drink, by simply sticking your foot outside the covers!
The network of blood-vessels is so good, that you should be drifting off in a noticeably shorter time.
This advice is also particularly-relevant, because most people suffering from Insomnia have Too High of a core-temperature, not too low.
Now if you have the opposite problem and you know that you’re too cold, definitely try the LifeHacker solution.
As for both monsters under the bed and prowling cats being able to get you by your toes; well you won’t even notice their evil work. Because you’ll be solidly fast asleep!
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Photo/Video Credits: Video & Screenshot by, New York Magazine’s The Science of Us and Fly Machine Picture Co.
• Source: YT-The Science of Us and NYMag-The Science of Us
• More Coverage: LifeHacker-Try Socks In Bed | Sleep.org-Best Bedroom Temp | Time-Sleep Temperature Differences & Insomnia | ChiliPad Bed Cooler/Heaters
• Source Studies:
PubMed-The relationship between insomnia and body temperatures
Nature-Physiology: Warm feet promote the rapid onset of sleep