why do we like the cold side of the pillow

Human body temperature regulation is very poor, indeed it has been
suggested that this was a precursor to higher intelligence because
survival favoured those who could do something about it. That? s a
*huge* can of worms though. In addition to our general poor temperature regulation, many people
declare that their feet / ears / hands are always cold (or hot),
compounding the problem. Bad circulation! But when we get a bit too
warm in bed, various parts heat up preferentially.


Personally I like
to sleep with my feet poking out whilst others prefer a cool pillow. I
had a girlfriend who liked to sleep with her bum sticking out. Additionally, heat flow to various parts of the body changes when we
lie down because gravity then acts differently upon circulation. Other
heat related physiological effects also come into play when we sleep
-- and women have their monthly and age related heat fluctuation
issues of course.


The cold pillow syndrome perhaps harks innately to the warmth and
comfort which may be felt when sleeping beneath corrugated iron when
it? s raining heavily, or sheltering in a wood shed in inclement
weather. In neither instance is one actually warmed, indeed the
circumstance can induce a ripple of shiver, but one feels cosy and
secure in a funny way.


Not only should one look at a potential spouse? s parents before
settling down with a partner (because that? s what they are going to be
like, down the road) but similar body temperature is very important
for marital bliss. Conductive pillow? Good idea, but most comfortable fluffy materials
are good insulators. Might be a market for air cooled pillows though.


Ah, just found this link. Too late :-

http://www. otwa. com/community/archive/index. php/t-11872. html

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I have also been told that many people fall asleep with the television on. As I noted in my previous blog post, I've read that the use of electronics can stimulate your brain and possibly prevent you from falling asleep. That said, I couldn't fall asleep with the TV on if I tried -- not only do I have glasses that need to be taken off before I really doze off (I'm always so nervous I will break them! ), but I can't sleep with noise.


I also can't sleep if it's too light in my room. Thankfully, black-out curtains were invented. Many people can, and do, fall asleep to the television, though, relying on the sleep timer to shut it off a few hours after they fall asleep.