Fall Asleep Faster By Sticking One Of Your Feet Outside Of Your Covers

Now matter how hard you try, sometimes you just can’t fall asleep when you want to. There are a lot of tricks for helping your brain head to sleepy town, but this scientifically supported method might be one of the simplest.

Body temperature plays a big part in falling asleep. Having a high body temperature can make you feel more alert and thus, more awake. When it’s bed time, your body tries to cool down before you go to sleep, but there are some things you can do to help it along.

That’s why this video from the New York Magazine YouTube channel suggests sticking your foot (or feet) out of your covers to help your body release some heat. The bottoms of your feet are hairless and they have special vascular structures to help regulate heat loss; making them the perfect candidate for regulating your body temp.

Some of you may do this on your own already (I do), but now you know why it feels so comfortable. With winter all but behind us (calendar-wise, at least), this is a good tip to keep in mind once the weather starts warming up.

How Your Feet Help You Sleep [YouTube]


  • Here’s what I do. I expose myself to the cold air and only pull the sheets up after I’ve cooled down my body then I go to sleep. You sleep better in the cold so expose yourself to it (depending on how cold it gets where you are, if I walk outside at 5 am it’s almost the 20s if not in the low 20s this time of year and in a months time the minimums will be high 20s with an occasional 30.) gotta love ac.

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