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Why your feet may be the secret to good sleep

Why Your Feet Might Be The Key To Good Sleep

Forget counting sheep -- the secret to sleep is ... your feet. That's according to a new article in New York Magazine. Writer Melissa Dahl wanted to find out why she sleeps with a foot outside her blankets at night.

So she reached out to Professor Natalie Dautovich, spokeswoman for the National Sleep Foundation. Dautovich told Dahl leaving feet outside the blankets will cool you down. Our hands and feet are good at keeping us cool because they're hairless and have special blood vessels, Dahl reports.

So, secret to good sleep revealed? Well, maybe secret to a sleep tip. This doesn't mean everyone should sleep with a foot outside the covers.

Some people try to warm their feet. WebMD even notes that "cold feet, in particular, can be very disruptive to sleep."

We're all Goldilocks when it comes to sleep, it seems. Sleep research on the whole shows the ideal sleep temperature is very specific, person to person. The temp in a room might be great for one person to sleep, and not another. And you'll have a hard time sleeping if you're too hot or too cold.

This is even something mattress companies have tackled. Sleep Number's DualTemp, for example, lets each side of a bed have different temps so partners sleep perfectly.

Basically, the right temperature for you helps you sleep, and if you need to cool down to get there, try slipping your feet out from under the sheets.

For more on Dahl's "sleep hack," check out her article on NYMag.com. She also explains the science behind a body temperature drop right before sleep.

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brennemanbelkin August 20 2014 at 6:08 AM

I sleep with my feet uncovered and still sweat like a pig.
Vodka is my answer.

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pboucard50 August 20 2014 at 5:12 AM

This article has to be a joke.Everyone knows the secret to a good night sleep is Captain Morgan.

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sadiemae1214 pboucard50 August 20 2014 at 1:12 PM

REALLY? Quick, give me his phone number!

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biker82112 August 20 2014 at 11:14 AM

I have another body part which, when exercised regularly, helps me sleep great.

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darubo27usa biker82112 August 20 2014 at 10:49 PM

your fat butt?

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victoriarwalker August 20 2014 at 11:43 AM

yes...he is right....
also a fan in the room....moving air (but not pointed at you makes for a great sleep

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Annika victoriarwalker August 20 2014 at 7:38 PM

That's an individual prefrence as well. I would find the noise and the air currents extremely annoying.

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kim272727 August 20 2014 at 3:46 PM

Good to know I am not the only person who has to sleep with one foot outside the blankets.

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phoebus61 August 20 2014 at 4:15 PM

When it's warm at night I sleep with one foot outside the covers. Gives good ventilation so I don't get too hot. Been working so far.

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Joseph Durbin August 20 2014 at 4:14 PM

I have been doing this for many years. It easily cools you down and relaxes.

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CHANGE RESOLUTIO August 20 2014 at 2:41 PM

This was "common knowledge" back in the 19th century. Scrolling over some old Civil War photos, was intrigued by shots of soldiers in bunks or sleeping around campfires often had barefeet sticking out. Found a commentator who said that this was believed to help them sleep better.

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VIPRLARES August 20 2014 at 5:35 PM

I always leave my feet outside the blanket, I still can't sleep.

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darubo27usa August 20 2014 at 10:49 PM

Cool commercial disguised as a report...lol

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