The secret to falling asleep is maybe simpler than we thought
Anyone who has troubles falling asleep knows how frustrating it can be —sometimes it seems like no matter how tired you are, getting some REM take a LOT of effort. Counting until a thousand, lying perfectly still, drinking warm milk —methods that just don’t really do the trick sometimes. But maybe, maybe the secret to catching some much-needed Zs at night as been with us all along. Listen up, restless sleepers.
Scientists have determined that leaving one or both feet out from under the covers will help put you to sleep a lot faster than if you’re all tucked in.
They’re not exactly sure why it works, but they think it has something to do with heat. Since they don’t have hair, feet conduct heat really well. In your feet there are blood vessels that carry heat away from your body, so leaving one or both of your feet out will ultimately make you a ton more comfortable, and making going to sleep much easier. “It helps lower your internal temperature, which signals to your body that it’s time to drift off to sleep,” NY Mag reports.
But if you’re STILL having trouble heading off to dreamland, there are a few other sleep hacks you can try. Some other things that reportedly help: taking a shower before you go to bed, shutting off all your electronics an hour before you hit the sheets, and throwing a lavender pouch in your pillow to make you sleepy.
And just so you know, you’re not alone in your sleeplessness. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a whopping 70 million Americans have trouble sleeping at night. Yikes. If you’re between the ages of 14-17, you should be getting 8.5-9.5 hours a night; if you’re between the ages of 18-64, you need 7-9 hours a night to meet the recommendations of the National Sleep Foundation.
We’re guessing no matter how much sleep you’re getting on the reg, you’re probably not getting enough. If that’s the case, you should also never underestimate the power of a good nap.