Freeze your head to get some sleep?
Not me -- I'd rather knock myself out with a hammer. But researchers have been testing out a convoluted "cooling cap" they think can help insomniacs sleep better.
I haven't seen the thing, but I get a chuckle just picturing it: It's a hat with tubes of cold water flowing through it all night long, designed to keep the head chilly enough to put an insomniac into a deep freeze... or at least a deep sleep.
In a small and limited study, insomniacs in a sleep lab managed to get to sleep quicker and stay asleep longer when the hat was turned on and water was pumping through it on the coolest setting, 57 degrees.
But was it the cap... or just the low temperature?
My money's on the latter.
Cool temperatures are already known to help people sleep better, and even hardcore insomniacs can get some relief when they turn the thermostat down.
That means the "cool cap" might just be a needlessly complicated means of achieving a very simple ends.
And really, who's going to bed each night with some kind of crazy water-pumping contraption stuck to his head anyway? Slosh, slosh, slosh... if you don't fall asleep, you might be in for a lot of trips to the bathroom!
So let's put this thing on ice, because there are much better ways to catch some extra winks -- and you don't have to be diagnosed as an insomniac to benefit from them.
The shocking truth is that far too many people are "secret insomniacs" who only THINK they're getting the sleep they need. In reality, you could get as much as seven hours of shuteye every single night -- and still suffer from a dramatic loss of function.
I have more on the impact of sleep deprivation on the human body in the July issue of my Douglass Report newsletter. More importantly, I've got some answers on how to get the best night of rest you've ever had.
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