For those of you who have major problems falling asleep, we’ve got some wonderful news for you.
Forget hot milk and counting sheep, because a new study has revealed that the secret to nodding off is actually much simpler. And it’s to do with your feet.
Apparently, leaving one or both feet out from under the covers will help you get off to sleep much quicker than if you’re all tucked in.
Scientists aren’t sure exactly why, but they think it’s got something to do with your body temperature. Your feet don’t have hair, which means they conduct heat really well, and they also have tonnes of blood vessels that carry heat away from your body.
‘It helps lower your internal temperature, which signals to your body that it’s time to drift off to sleep,’ NY Mag reports.
And the genius snoozing tips don’t stop there.
Dr Paul Kelley, Honorary Clinical Research Associate in Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, has given us the news we’ve all been waiting to hear.
According to his findings, starting work before 10am is seriously detrimental to our health. It doesn’t match up with the natural human body clock, which is something that cannot be taught.
Speaking at the British Science Festival, he advised: “This is a huge society issue, staff should start at 10am. You don’t get back to [the 9am] starting point until [the age of] 55.”
He then went on to point out that we live in a sleep deprived society, and that the damage extends to our physical and emotional health. Blimey.
He explained: “Your liver and your heart have different patterns and you’re asking them to shift two or three hours. This is an international issue. Everybody is suffering and they don’t have to.”
Dr Kelley believes that adults should start work after 10am, and that school times should be staggered to reflect the age group (younger children, for example, wake up earlier naturally).
He also believes that, by allowing older students to stay in bed for longer, exam results would be boosted by “around 10%.”
We’re sure that adults around the country will be reciting these findings to their employers.
We mean, who can argue with science?
By Laura Jane Turner