Is Sleeping With Socks On Bad?
Is sleeping with socks on good or bad? Well, it depends on who you ask and what their opinions are. Here’s ours.
Is sleeping with socks on actually bad or is it just a turn-off for the ladies? Well, while the latter is certainly an undeniable truth, the jury’s still out on the first one, and for a good reason.
As far as we’re concerned, you can just put a label on sleeping with socks on and call it a day. We’re firm believers in looking at the bigger picture and the pros and cons before passing judgment, so that’s exactly what we’re going to do here.
For starters, let’s start with some fundamentals.
Will I fall asleep faster with my socks on?
The first question we want to give an answer to is – will wearing socks in bed help me fall asleep faster? The short answer is – quite possibly. The long answer? Here it is.
In order to fall asleep quickly, your core body temperature and your skin temperature need to drop by around 1-2 degrees Celsius. Wearing socks can help with that by trapping heat in your feet and lower legs, which forces the blood vessels there to dilate, increasing blood flow.
This process is called distal vasodilation and, as we said, it helps increase blood flow to your hands and feet, which in turn results in a lower core body temperature and makes falling asleep much easier.
Of course, this is all just theory and there’s no guarantee that it will work for everyone, but it’s certainly worth a shot if you’re struggling to fall asleep at night.
Another great thing if you like to wear socks to bed is that it can prevent you from tossing and turning and waking up in the middle of the night, but we’ll get to that in just a minute.
Does room temperature dictate whether I should sleep with the socks on?
This one sounds like an easy question, but as we’ve just learned, there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to sleep. On one hand, it makes sense to wear socks in a chilly bedroom if you have trouble with blood circulation, but on the other, there’s something called optimal room temperature, and socks may or may not play a role in this whole thing.
The temperature of your bedroom should be between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius, according to experts. While this range has been found to help you sleep better, some individuals like their rooms cooler or warmer – just like some prefer to sleep with or without the socks on.
But, the differences continue as the optimal temperature for sleep varies according to gender.
Women’s resting metabolic rate is lower than men’s, resulting in a greater sensitivity to colder sleeping conditions. Men, on the other hand, don’t mind the colder bedrooms. According to research conducted in 2001, these differences aren’t minuscule. It was clear that women prefer their bedrooms warmer and that their quality of sleep was compromised the colder it got. So, if you’re sharing a bedroom – strike for some kind of balance or wear socks and warm jammies to get a good night’s sleep.
The thing is, at the end of the day, there’s no definitive answer as to whether or not you should wear socks in bed regardless of the room temperature. It really depends on your preferences and what makes you feel most comfortable.
Does sleeping with socks prevent sleep disorders?
There are a few sleep disorders that might warrant the use of socks in bed, such as restless leg syndrome (RLS) and insomnia.
RLS is a condition characterized by an irresistible urge to move your legs, usually when you’re trying to sleep. The sensation can be described as crawling, tingling, pulling, or simply an uncomfortable feeling in your legs which could keep you awake at night. Wearing compression socks could help ease the symptoms.
Another disorder that might benefit from the use of socks is insomnia. For example, there is evidence that suggests that heating the feet before going to sleep can help to alleviate insomnia symptoms.
Warming feet for 20 minutes before bed, according to one study, helps to induce sleeplessness and tiredness. However, this was achieved via a warm foot bath, not socks, but if warming up the feet was the goal, socks should do the trick.
However, as you can so clearly see, neither sock-wearing nor feet-warming can prevent sleep disorders. Wearing socks in bed can help you sleep better, but it’s not a cure-all.
If you’re struggling to sleep, talk to your doctor about other options that might be right for you. And, as always, make sure to practice good sleep hygiene by keeping your bedroom dark and cool and disconnecting from electronics an hour before bedtime.
Why is sleeping with socks on good?
Alright, we’ve said why you might want to sleep with your socks and we’ve mentioned some of the benefits, but now, it’s time for us to dig a little bit deeper.
Reducing menopausal hot flashes
Hot flashes are a menopausal symptom characterized by a sudden and intense feeling of heat. While the exact cause is unknown, it’s thought to be due to a drop in estrogen levels. Wearing socks to bed can help to reduce the frequency and severity of flashes at night.
While there weren’t any conclusive studies on the matter, it is believed that postmenopausal women who sleep with socks on have significantly fewer flashes than those who don’t, most likely because socks manage to lower the core body temperature by helping the blood vessels dilate which results in fewer hot flashes.
So, if you’re struggling with menopausal hot flashes, sleeping with warm pair of socks might help you get a better night’s sleep. If you can’t, try warming up your feet with a hot water bottle.
Boosting sex life
Now, we’ve sad what we said in the beginning. Unless we’re talking lace, not many are aroused with normal socks in bed. However, according to a news story and a small study from the mid-00s, couples that wear socks during the deed are more likely to achieve orgasm.
The logic behind this is that no one likes cold feet (which might be true) and that it’s the cold feet that prevent us from finishing. Now, whether that’s true or not, we don’t really know for sure. And, in all honesty, neither do they. Their body of evidence is only thirteen couples, so let’s take those findings with a pinch of salt.
On the other hand, if you want something to boost your sex life and (maybe) keep your feet warm – thigh-high socks (preferably lace, but cotton could work, too) are the way to go!
No cracks on feet
Your feet (especially heels) are particularly susceptible to cracking and dryness because they don’t have any sebaceous glands, which are responsible for secreting sebum – an oily substance that helps to keep skin moisturized. This is why it’s so important to keep your feet hydrated, especially if you have cracked heels.
Practicing good hygiene, moisturizing your feet and wearing socks to bed can help to keep your feet hydrated and prevent them from cracking. Just make sure to choose a pair of socks that are made from a breathable material like cotton.
Reduced Raynaud’s Syndrome
Raynaud’s syndrome is a condition that causes the blood vessels in your extremities (usually the hands and feet) to constrict when exposed to cold temperatures or stress. This can cause tingling, numbness and pain, and of course – cold hands and feet.
Wearing socks to bed can help to prevent Raynaud’s attack by keeping your feet warm and preventing them from going into shock when exposed to the cold.
What is the best material for socks?
Bed socks come in a variety of materials, but which one is the best for you?
If you’re looking for a pair of socks that will keep your feet warm in the winter, cashmere or wool socks are a great option. Just make sure to choose a pair that is made from 100% wool – otherwise, they might not be as effective.
As for cashmere, it’s a softer, more luxurious option that will also keep your feet warm. However, cashmere socks are usually more expensive than wool socks, so they might not be for everyone.
Cotton socks are a good choice for summer as they are light and breathable. They will absorb sweat and help to keep your feet cool and dry. Also, they’re super comfy and very affordable.
However, cotton socks might not be the best choice for winter as they don’t provide as much insulation as wool or cashmere socks, but if you sleep in a temperature-controlled bedroom (as most of us do) this shouldn’t be an issue.
Who should not sleep with socks on?
While there are obviously many benefits to sleeping with socks on, there are also a few instances where it might not be the best idea.
If you have diabetes, it’s important to check your feet every day for any cuts, bruises or blisters. Wearing socks to bed can make it more difficult to spot any of these, so it’s best to avoid wearing socks if you have diabetes.
The same goes for people who are prone to foot fungus – wearing socks makes it easier for fungus to grow and spread, so it’s best to avoid wearing socks if you’re susceptible to foot fungus.
Finally, if you have circulation problems, wearing socks (especially compression socks) might not be a good idea as it can further constrict blood flow.
Should infants and children sleep with socks on?
There is no definitive answer, but it is generally recommended that infants and children sleep with socks on as they tend to get colder feet than adults.
Wearing socks can help to keep their feet warm and prevent them from waking up in the middle of the night because of freezing feet. Of course, you should always consult with your baby’s paediatrician before making any decisions about their sleepwear.
As for the kids, it’s pretty much the same as for adults. If they’re old enough to understand, let them choose whether or not they want to wear socks to bed. Just make sure they wear fresh, clean socks to bed, and not the ones they’ve been running around all day in.
Is sleeping with socks part of healthy sleep hygiene?
The answer is – yes. Is sleeping with socks on bad? Absolutely not!
For most people, sleeping with socks on can provide many benefits and improve their sleep quality.
Of course, there are a few exceptions (as we’ve mentioned above), but generally speaking, sleeping with socks on is perfectly safe and can even be beneficial.
The thing to remember is that you don’t just plop onto the bed in any old pair of socks on your feet before bed – especially the ones you’ve been wearing all day. Choose a comfortable pair that is made from breathable material (like cotton or wool) and that fit well.
And that’s everything you need to know about sleeping with socks on!