The Secret to Falling Asleep Faster

April 8, 2013 | By | Comments (17)

Socks in Bed

Wish you could spend more of your time in bed snoozing, instead of waiting to fall asleep? The solution is in your sock drawer. Swiss researchers found that people nod off faster when their hands and feet are warmer than the air temperature in the bedroom. Warming the feet dilates the blood vessels, which is a physiological cue for the onset of sleep. So put on some socks before you turn in! You’ll be in dreamland in no time.

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  1. Odel Raghter

    It’s nice but very hot at summer time, so you have an idea for hot weather

    April 8, 2013 at 10:30 am
  2. Dima Al Mahsiri

    Fortunately I am a deep sleeper, no need for socks, I can sleep while setting on my chair!
    My husband even envied me for this ability :D

    April 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm
  3. Julia Edelstein

    Hi Odel. True, when it gets really hot, I think the best method is to take a shower right before bed to cool off, and sleep with a light sheet. And if you can, crank up the AC or a fan!

    April 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm
  4. glitterandgapske

    I find it’s also easier to sleep if there’s some weight on your feet. Lulls me to sleep every time!

    April 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm
  5. krisdw76

    If I am too warm I can’t fall asleep, I need a little chilliness in my bedroom. There is no way I could wear socks to bed. Hmmm maybe I am abnormal hehe :)

    April 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm
  6. Odel Raghter

    Krisdw76 I’m sure you are more than normal, little kids and most of animals cannot sleep when it hot, but I herd of pseudo-biological method, you turn very bright light on your face, and after 10 minutes turn of, and stay in very dark room…. it worked well, and useful in any wheather

    April 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm
  7. Bex

    @krisdw76 — I’m the same way as you are — Hubs and I keep the bedroom super-chilly in the evening… but I DO wear socks to bed and I sleep deeper because of it :) If it ever gets too warm in the middle of the night, I just wriggle out of them.

    April 11, 2013 at 5:34 pm
  8. Jennifer Gilbert Sams

    I can’t sleep with socks on–it just feels so weird to me–that alond would keep me awake–even if I didn’t already have trouble sleeping!

    April 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm
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    April 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm
  10. Krista Marie Rosenthal

    Every time I go to bed with socks on my feet, particularly in the winter, I always end up kicking them off in the middle of the night because I can’t stand when something is on my feet other than the sheets. But thank you for the advice.

    April 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm
  11. Jennifer Sanchez

    Even before entering the vortex of menopause, I couldn’t stand the idea of wearing socks to bed. I feel a hot flash coming on just thinking about it.

    April 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm
  12. igor sryvkov

    I read somewhere that when you fall asleep, your body temperature decreases and that’s the reason a shower before going to bed is recommended because a bath or a shower lowers body temperature.

    April 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm
  13. Kristy J. W.

    @ Odel, So even though I am not an animal or a little kid it is still normal haha? And have you tried the pseudo biological method?

    April 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm
  14. Kristy J. W.

    @ Bex, my hubby is a “freeze baby”, I tell him to just use an extra blanket. Hey isn’t my comfort more important lol?

    April 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm
  15. Doug

    Many of us have to stick our feet outside the covers to “cool them off” while drifting off to sleep. Whenever I wear socks to bed, I find my feet get uncomfortably warm….

    April 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm
  16. LM

    I have circulation trouble and I sleep MUCH better if I wear socks when the weather is cooler, even in the summer time. Yesterday, I had gloves on in the house because it has been damp and chilly.

    April 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm
  17. shy commentator

    I read in the paper a time ago to imagine with your eyes closed, to pretend to see something bright and shiny, they said like a shiny button. I think of the sun shining on the water, where you can barely look at the water as it is so intense. I swear it works every time and within a minute. I don’t know why but it works, sometimes it take a lot of effort for the imagining part, so I try to look at something bright periodically and try to recapture that in my mind for when I wake up and can’t sleep. The other thing that works if you wake during the night and can’t sleep is to try to remember your dream. Than seems to work as well but something bright or shiny is a guarantee.

    November 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

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