Temperature Regulation of Various Parts
Inktober 2019 Day 30
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead. Maybe.
It seems pretty clear that dropping the body temperature overnight is important for a successful night of restorative sleep. But it helps to warm up first and then cool down to send the signal- Thus the efficacy of the pre-bedtime hot bath.
And one final wrinkle: Counterintuitively, warming the feet, helps to cool the rest of the body. Vasodilation in the feet allows more heat to escape. At least that’s what I hear.
I’ve discovered through quite unscientific experimentation over the last year, that cooking myself before bed and then sleeping in a 62 degree room does help quite a bit.
I haven’t ever tried selectively warming my feet.
But my head does like to be extra cold.