At the end of a stressful day, do you simply take off your shoes and hop into bed to get some much needed Z’s?
If it seems like you won’t get to dreamland right away or you wake up the next day feeling tired, it’s a good idea to wash your feet first before hitting the hay.
Experts in the world of Ayurveda (an ancient form of healing that emerged in India at least 5,000 years ago and is still very much practiced these days) say that your feet are actually associated with the elements of fire, and they can actually accumulate lots and lots of heat especially if your daily lifestyle exhausting.
We all know that too much stress is something that can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep – which is precisely why it’s highly recommended that you engage in all kinds of stress-relieving activities so you can ward off insomnia, something that can:
- It prevents you from falling asleep without delay
- Makes you wake up several times throughout the night
- Or leaves you up earlier than necessary
Therefore, insomnia can prevent you from feeling rested and re-energized the next day.
It’s no secret that taking your shoes off once the busy day is over feels totally cool. Well, it looks like it is because you’re already firing up some fire elementals – stress can dramatically increase your core body temperature, and lowering it can help deal with high levels of stress.
This is why washing your feet beforehand is such a great idea especially if you don’t have the time and energy to read a book, listen to soothing tunes, get a professional massage, meditate, or do all kinds of yoga just to get your stress reduced drastically and easily. You should get some sleep.
Sleep experts say lowering your core body temperature is vital to getting a good night’s sleep — which is why it’s recommended to keep your bedroom temperature between 60°F and 67°F (16°C and 19°C) if you don’t want to Nothing but the most rejuvenating, uninterrupted sleep ever. Needless to say, having a very hot core body temperature (or sleep environment) is a major sleep deterrent.
In order to maximize the stress-reducing, sleep-inducing benefits of washing your feet before you jump into bed, consider first soaking your feet for several minutes in a tub of water with a few drops of an essential oil with cooling properties added to it. In this way, you can lower your core body temperature more effectively.
Some very good examples of essential cooling oils are:
The scent of these essential oils has stress-reducing properties too, which is why you can get rid of insomnia with the help of any of these essential oils!
You shouldn’t wash your feet before going to bed when you’re just stressed out. Do you have a lot of anxious thoughts that keep you from sleeping at night? Washing your feet can help you relax and fall asleep without too much trouble — failing to get 7 to 9 hours of restful sleep, according to mental health experts, isn’t good for your mood.
Other than facilitating a good night’s sleep, washing your feet before getting some Z also helps ensure you go to bed with your feet clean—your feet are prone to getting bad odor and getting fungal infections like athlete’s foot and ringworm because they’re the perfect environment for fungi to grow: dark, warm, and moist.