We all know that getting a solid seven or eight hours of sleep every night is essential to good physical and mental health, but some people struggle with this. Did you know that your feet could be to blame?
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Surprisingly, our feet actually help us regulate our core temperature. If you find yourself having trouble falling asleep, or you wake up often in the middle of the night, it might be that your feet are chilly. It turns out that when your feet are cold, blood vessels constrict and cause less blood to circulate throughout your body. The National Sleep Foundation notes that warming your feet before you head under the covers helps let your brain know that it’s bedtime. When your feet are toasty, the blood vessels dilate and distribute heat throughout your body. Scientists have even found that warm feet can help you fall asleep quicker, so pull on some socks before you snooze!
In addition, socks can be great tools to help with dry or cracked heels. Add a moisturizer into your bedtime routine. You can even try one that is specially made for feet. After applying the moisturizer, slip your feet into some cotton socks and leave them on for a few hours. The socks will help to hold the moisture in your skin, and after a few days of doing this, you should see an improvement in cracked heels, dry nails, and peeling cuticles.
It's easy to ignore your lower extremities, but if you want the health benefits of a good night's sleep, and healthy nails and heels, it's time to re-examine your feet!