I’ve written a lot on the topic of tight muscles, startle reflex, and cerebral palsy. But being that it is winter I thought it was worth revisiting. This winter, I noticed an improvement in these areas for me, and I think it is because I have started wearing fleece pants. I find that my legs are more susceptible to becoming tight versus my arms. By keeping my legs warm, it helps reduce the spasticity and thus I don’t end up being as sore as I once was. I find sleeping with a hot water bottle allows for a more restful sleep in the winter as well. If keeping your feet warm is an issue for you, I find that when I sleep in socks I wake up with warmer feet and am able to maintain that warmth through the day.
Warm muscles and reduced startle reflex is there a correlation?
I believe there is a correlation between warm muscles and startle reflex. I have noticed for myself recently that if I keep my muscles warm I am less apt to startle. I don’t know if there is any scientific evidence to back this up, or even if it is true for myself, but I have noticed recently a difference and guess that maybe this is why I don’t jump as often. When I was little I would jump at sudden noises a lot, and this is true even now at times. But when I was little if my dad sneezed in the other room while I was standing holding onto something my knees would buckle.
So my questions for all of you are these: How do you stay warm in snowy climates? Do you feel that you startle less when you’re warm? I would like to hear your insights in the comments below.
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