Do you ever have trouble falling asleep? I never used to give much thought to falling asleep. Usually, my head would hit the pillow and I’d be out like a light — surely, there was no tossing and turning for me. Even now, as I’ve gotten older, sleep is still one of those things that comes relatively easy. But I’ve noticed one change lately: The way I sleep is different. Even if I’m bone tired, I have trouble just falling into bed and getting comfy. I always lie down on the left side of my bed and fall asleep on my left side. That is my magic sleep spot, and there’s even an indentation in my bed to prove it!
New York magazine recently interviewed a sleep expert (doesn’t that sound like an awesome job?), who said that sleeping with your feet outside of your blankets could help you sleep better and fall asleep faster. Scientists have speculated that cooler temperatures cause sleepiness, and the feet-outside-the-blankets theory might work the same way, says Natalie Dautovitch, a spokesperson for the National Sleep Foundation and a psychology professor at the University of Alabama.
“I think it’s likely in service of trying to cool our bodies down because we’ve gotten too warm to sleep,” she said. The feet also have the perfect vascular structure to help dissipate body heat, so “sticking your toe out or your foot out could bring you to a more restorative sleep.”
Sleep yet, friends? Do you sleep with your feet peeking out? Does it work? Any other sleep tricks that have worked? I’d love to hear them, and here’s to peaceful slumbers! xoxo
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