Personally, I have very little trouble falling asleep. I tend to sleep through the night quite soundly, but my wife sometimes struggles with insomnia. She tells me she often flips and flops for hours before finally getting to sleep.
If you’re more like her, then you might be interested in this simple practice that could help you snag some much needed z’s without so much work!
And when I say simple, I mean, it’s probably something your mom told you to do when you were little…
Stick one foot out from under the covers.
I know. But it turns out there’s some science behind why this helps – and it has to do with keeping your body at the optimal temperature for snoozing.
According to the video below, higher internal body temperatures are associated with keeping you more alert and awake, and the opposite – cooler internal body temperatures help us relax and sleep – is also true.
By uncovering one foot, you help your body dissipate body heat, and cool the temperature of your blood in the process. This happens because our feet and hands contain vascular structures that can exchange heat more effectively than, for instance, your core.
The cooler blood then circulates through your body, lowering your internal temperature and helping you drift off without so much trouble.
It turns out your mom did know a thing or two after all. Who knew?
So best of luck, my tossers and turners. I don’t envy you!