Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cold Feet

I've discovered, in this drive to sleep better, that the temperature of my feet makes a big difference in the quality and quantity of sleep. If my feet are cold, then I struggle to fall and stay asleep. The rest of me can be toasty, but I'm out of luck if the feet aren't warm. And it's only the top half, too, which I find kind of unusual. If the tops of my toes are cold, I'm miserable. Get them warm and I sleep fairly well.

I'm still having problems with the inevitable rolling over one does during the night. My left knee is the problem. It gives me pain regardless of the side I'm sleeping on. The orthopedist recommended a pillow between my knees. My friend Patt, said there is a pillow you can get at drug stores that's designed to be between knees. I haven't been able to find it.

So, what I've been doing is turning on a heating pad about an hour before bed. I have it on top of the covers to warm the area where my feet go. Mija likes to lie on the heating pad so that makes sure the heat is in the blankets and sheet and mattress.

And now that the temperatures are dropping into the 30's at night, it's time for socks. I don't wear just any socks to bed. I wear the fuzzy ones. Combined with the heating pad, my feet get warm quickly and stay warm all night. I know a number of friends are "Ewww. How can you wear socks to bed?" It's like anything else. You get used to it and I'd rather have socks and warm feet than no socks and no sleep because my feet are cold.

Beverage:  Edinburgh's Finest tea


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