Oh lockdown - if you're not messing with our screen time levels, you're messing with our sleep. Thankfully, a doctor has recently gone viral on TikTok after sharing a super simple hack that could help anybody who is struggling to fall asleep – and it involves wearing clothing that you'll almost definitely already own... a humble pair of socks!
Dr Jess Andrade, a resident doctor with over one million followers, explains that although it's a divisive topic for some, she's firmly on the side of Team Socks In Bed. 'So let’s talk about people that wear socks to bed,' she begins her video (which has now been viewed over 19 million times), before explaining, 'So wearing socks makes your feet warm and this opens up the blood vessels that cools the body down.'
Ready for some more interesting science behind how this helps you to sleep? 'The body being cool tells the brain that it’s time for bed, so actually people that wear socks tend to fall asleep faster... Dr Jess, out!' Pause for 'my mind is blown' reaction.
Over in the comments section, one person replied joking that Dr Jess 'forgot to mention that people who wear socks to bed tend to be serial killers'. (As we said, this topic is divisive). Another said 'Wait... people struggle with wearing socks? I wear socks 24/7. Even to sleep. It feels uncomfortable with them off'.
A further viewer of Dr Jess's video replied saying 'I can't sleep with socks it's so uncomfortable" to which Dr Jess replied "I totally get that sometimes they do feel weird'.
If socks aren't your thing, other studies have previously suggested that soaking your feet in warm water before bed (or just running them under the shower for a few minutes) may also help you to doze off quicker, as well helping you to have a better quality of sleep – thanks to the same temperature-based theory.
So there you have it! Whether you're into the idea of donning socks in the sheets, or would rather stick to trialling a foot bath, it seems that heating your feet could be an easy way of catching Z's.
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