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Can’t sleep, cold feet

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If you are having trouble finding truly restful sleep at night, you might be surprised to find out that cold feet may be the source of your dismay. When asleep, cold feet can constrict the blood vessels, causing an imbalance in circulation overall. According to the National Sleep Foundation, when you warm up your feet there are signals sent to your brain telling it that it is time for sleep.

The best solution is actually pretty easy to do: socks. Wearing socks to bed is easily the best and safest way to warm your feet overnight. Alternative methods could potentially burn your feet in the night, such as rice socks, warm water bottles, or a heated blanket.

While wearing socks at night can help your sleep, there are other benefits to be found by adapting this habit.

Why you should sleep with socks on

Beyond keeping your body warm, wearing socks to bed also has these extra benefits:

  • In some women, wearing socks can help regulate a cool body temperature and prevent hot flashes.
  • Cotton socks can help moisturize cracked heels, and further prevent dry spells.
  • According to the BBC, an accidental discovery was made by researchers that were studying the effects of socks on sleep: participants reported an increased ability to achieve an orgasm by 30% after altering their sleep to include wearing socks.
  • Wearing socks at night can help prevent Raynaud’s disease, which is a condition that occurs when the toes and fingers begin to lose circulation and swell. Keeping your socks on can warm your feet and improve circulation.

What socks to wear

The type of socks you were can do a lot for you, or very little. Natural soft fibers such as merino wool and cashmere are the optimal choice. These often cost more than cotton or artificial fiber socks though. Make sure that when you buy socks that you don’t pairs that are too tight! The point is to improve circulation, not minimize it.

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To enhance circulation

  1. Before getting into bed, give your feet a massage to open up those blood vessels.
  2. Adding natural circulatory boosters into your massage oils can help blood flow even more. One example of one such booster is capsaicin.
  3. If you put your socks on when they are warm you’ll notice an improvement. Try to sit on them before bed or use a hair dryer.

If at any point you are too hot in bed, you can simply take off your socks or sick your feet out from under the blanket.

Pulling up your socks

Alternative bonuses exist for wearing different types of socks. Wearing compression socks can help with swelling. Padded socks can help if your feet hurt while walking. Compression socks can be difficult to put on. Invest in a sock aid to help you out and make an easier time of it.

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