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Warm feet = happy sleep

It is getting COLD here in Brisbane.. and indeed across much of the Southern Hemisphere. While most places are – or should be – equipped for the cold snap, here in Sunny Queensland we seem to be possessed of houses designed to repel heat and encourage air flow. This is an excellent quality throughout the long, hot summer – but a lamentable one during the cooler months.

Warming up your home will obviously make life more comfortable, as will piling on fluffy, fleecy layers of clothing. However, so many (too many!) people I speak to still insist on keeping their hands and feet bare – even when the temperature’s down to single digits. I mean, really.

For most of us, our circulation is not good enough to pump warm blood to our extremities if they’re not insulated and it’s freezing cold. Ultimately, if you’re comfortable hobbling around with ice-blocks on the ends of your legs, that’s fine. However, I would recommend against it. Particularly towards the end of the evening when you’re starting to power down and prepare for bed.

Warm feet and hands not only feel cosy, but have also been shown to improve the quality of sleep. The act of warming increases blood flow to these extremities, which is an indicator of the body’s readiness to sleep.

While partners / lovers / bedfellows may snort at you slipping into woolly socks before slipping under the covers, pay them no heed! They’ll appreciate your warmth and cosiness in the end.

About Kathleen Murphy

Australian naturopath and freelance writer, based in Sydney. I love working with people from all walks of life, helping them institute changes that can become life-long health habits. I can be found at Uclinic | 421 Bourke Street, Surry Hills | Ph: 02 9332 0400 |

5 responses »

  1. tessafinneybrown

    Couldn’t agree more, those with icy toes are crraazy! Do you find you need to slip off your socks halfway through the night though?

  2. I know many others who do – but not me, I’m a cold frog🙂

  3. geri purcell

    Thats a great article Kat. And I agree. The male gender should take heed…it is not sissy to put on socks rather then the heater? Yes ? no?

  4. What is it with the way Ozzies ignore winter? I was colder living up north than I was living through minus 15 winters in Germany! Because of the bloody house design as you say…but it also never ceases to amaze me how many Ozzies go on wearing shorts and thongs, regardless of temperatures!
    Crazy people…….
    I tore down a wall here last year and put in a log fire!


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