5 ways to keep your feet warm for better sleep

Keeping your feet warm is crucial for our health, especially in women’s health in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) point of view.  As many people may be familiar with foot reflexology that our feet has all the points that can stimulate all of our organs and body parts, therefore when your feet is cold with poor blood circulation, your whole body and health are affected.

Having cold feet is a very common problem to women, especially women who have conceived or women who are in their 30s and up.  The reasons include lack of exercising, poor blood circulation, health deterioration or even bad daily habits like sleeping late at night and not having good enough rests/sleeps.

I’ve started to have cold feet problem ever since I have become a mommy and stepping into my 30s.  I realized this is a chain reaction:

Cold feet –> difficult to fall asleep at night –> poor sleeping quality –> intoxicated and exhausted in the next day –> less energetic or feel lazy to work out and exercise –> sleep late –> cold feet

The loop just go on and on.

The first thing to do is definitely to keep your feet warm and here’s the 5 things I do everyday:

1. Have a hot foot bath at night

2. Always wear socks once you wake up

3. Always wear slippers at home and avoid feet touching the ground directly

4. Have your slippers well laid out by the bedside and slip into it immediately when you wake up, never get your feet directly touch the ground in the cold morning

5. Always wear socks and prepare travel slippers in your purse when you visit friends’ house

Be aware that mornings and nights are the times when your feet gets cold easily, so drinking hot ginger tea in the morning would be ideal while having a hot foot bath at night is a great way to have a good sleep, and this always work!  Avoid drinking ginger at night as it can be too stimulating to keep you awake for the whole night.

p.s. Not only Chinese people who are concern about keeping their feet warm, in traditional Korean houses and even in many modern Korean houses would install heated floor in their entire house, and it’s called Ondol (온돌).  I wish I can do that in Canada too!

Ondol
The main components of the traditional ondol are an agungi (firebox or stove) accessible from an adjoining room (typically kitchen or master bedroom), a raised masonry floor underlain by horizontal smoke passages, and a vertical, freestanding chimney on the opposite exterior wall providing a draft. The heated floor, supported by stone piers or baffles to distribute the smoke, is covered by stone slabs, clay and an impervious layer such as oiled paper. (from Wikipedia)