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Able Magazine - 1st November 2013
1 Nov 2013 00:00:00
Bed Socks Can Help You Sleep:
Quoted from Able Magazine -
"According to Swiss researchers, you’re more likely to fall asleep quickly if your hands and feet are warmer than the temperature of your bedroom.
Dr Kurt Krauchi and his team at the Sleep Laboratory in Basel monitored the body temperature and functions of a group of young, healthy men as they nodded off. In every case, they fell asleep immediately after a shift in blood flow to hands and feet.
The study, published in the journal Nature, seems to indicate that as we approach the threshold of sleep, the body’s temperature regulation system moves heat from its core to our extremities i.e. our hands and feet.
The phenomenon is closely related to the release of hormones such as melatonin, which regulate sleepiness and wakefulness.
The researchers say that bed socks may not directly cause sleep, but can trigger widening of the blood vessels, which in turn switches the body’s sleep mechanism on.
If your extremities are cold, perhaps due to impaired circulation, it inhibits the free flow of blood and your sleep hormones fail to kick in, which can cause insomnia.
Super-soft Bed Socks from Cosyfeet are knitted from brushed yarn that retains warmth, making them ideal for anyone who suffers with poor circulation or cold feet at night. They are loose around the ankles for extra comfort."