But lately, I haven't had any bad bouts of insomnia in a long time. I attribute this to our homemade kotatsu, a table with a heater installed in it. When I turn it on, heat blasts out and gets trapped under a blanket draped over the table like a tablecloth, and I'm soon toasty and warm. I almost always pass out, even if the TV's playing or Seanie is playing a video game. It's GREAT.
It must harken back to childhood. My parents' house has heat vents on the floor, and there was one in the family room that I would curl up on every night during the fall and winter. I'd wrap myself up in a blanket and read a book as warm air blasted up, and often I'd drift off because it was so cozy and comfortable. When I first moved in with Seanie, one of my big disappointments with the house was a lack of heat vents on the floor. But this Japanese-inspired solution works just as well.