Sunday, October 21, 2007

Overheating Hands and Feet at Night

I always need it cool at night to sleep. I usually sleep covered by a single sheet while the wife has all the blankets doubled over on her (and her feet are still cold). Even with just the single sheet I overheat and need to sleep with my hands and feet uncovered. The other night my hands and feet were burning up for about 3 hours straight (with the temperature at 67 degrees since our heater is busted). I finally google'd it to see what my problem was. It turns out the warming of the hands and feet is a normal process called vasodilation that the body does to reduce the body's core temperature and induce sleep. Surprisingly google did not turn up any results for this keeping people up at night. I found a single person that had similar symptons and emailed him. He responded back saying the doctors always look at him like he is crazy when he explains the problem to them and he has never found a solution. My solution is going downstairs and laying on the kitchen's tiled floor in the draftiest/coldest part of the house. I'm curious if anyone else in the family has this problem...



1 comment:

marie said...

Wow. This happens to my mother and I all the time during the night. It even happens to me random times throughout the day. It's annoying I cannot find relief. My hands get so hot another person can hover their hands over mine and feel the heat coming off. It's so weird and annoying as I've stated so every time it happens I get myself a glass of water and use the coolness from that to cool my hands down. Only thing that stops it momentarily.