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Why You Should Sleep in Socks

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She researches and shares remedies for using certain products for illnesses.


Just as many people have opinions about sleeping in socks as there are people who have opposite opinions about not sleeping in socks.

Some people confess that socks are part of their nighttime attire. They say they wouldn't dare go to bed without wearing socks. Then, there are people on the other side of the debate who say they would never wear socks to bed.

Whether you sleep in socks or not, here is what sleep experts say.


For a Good Night's Sleep

Experts say you should sleep with your socks on for a good night's sleep. The socks don't have to be stylish, and they don't have to match your pajamas. In fact, you can get good use out of mismatched socks when one has gotten lost during a wash cycle. The goal is to keep your feet warm at night so you can sleep better.

Wearing socks to bed makes a big difference in your sleep patterns, according to The organization is thoroughly convinced that if you sleep in socks will keep your cold feet warm and cause dilation of blood vessels let your brain know it is bedtime. When blood vessels open in your hands and feet, heat is redistributed throughout the body preparing you for a good night's sleep.

To Enhance Circulation

When people wear socks to bed, they have better circulation throughout the body. When the feet are cold, the body is drained of its energy. If the feet are warm, circulation flows throughout the body.

Dr. Elizabeth Trattner A.P. DOM, Doctor of Chinese and Integrative Medicine, told Reader’s Digest that cold feet impedes the flow of energy, and warm feet does the opposite by helping energy flow.

Some people know that taking a warm bath before going to bed helps them relax. If you want to relax long after the bath, then wear socks to bed.


Fall to Sleep Quicker

Not only do socks help you to have a peaceful sleep, they also help you fall asleep quicker when your feet are warm.

A study was published in the International Weekly Journal of Science that should convince people that wearing socks to bed helps the average person to fall asleep at least 15 minutes sooner than those who don't wear socks to bed.

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Reasons to Wear Socks to Bed

Here is a summary of the reasons you should sleep in socks.

  • Warm feet enable people to fall asleep quicker.
  • Warm feet help people have a much better sleep pattern.
  • Wearing socks to bed improves circulation in the body.
  • Wearing socks to bed helps women who have hot flashes.
  • Wearing socks to bed helps people with dry feet.
  • When the feet are warm, there is an increase in orgasms for both men and women.

No More Tossing and Turning

The National Sleep Foundation explains that wearing a pair of socks to bed might eliminate tossing and turning all night. The organization states that you will not suffer from insomnia and you do not have to take any medication to fall asleep. That is a good thing because wearing a clean pair of socks to bed is much cheaper than purchasing sleeping pills.

When your feet are cold, blood vessels are constricted and blood doesn't circulate. If your feet are warm when you go to bed, your brain gives a clear sleep signal that it's time to go to sleep. Wearing socks to bed is the most convenient way for people's feet to stay warm overnight so they can fall to sleep quicker and get a good night's sleep.


No Need For a Debate

A debate might still go on even after the reasons have been given. There is one way to settle the debate once and for all. You can test the theory out by wearing socks to bed for a few nights and see for yourself what happens. If you fall to sleep quicker and if you have a better night's rest, then that should settle the argument as far as you are concerned.

Everybody is not going to agree that it is better to wear socks to bed. If it helps you personally with circulation and the other reasons mentioned, then you should wear socks to bed. If you choose not to wear socks to bed, then that's your personal preference, but don't criticize those who do sleep in socks.


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on July 18, 2018:

Thanks, Martha. I like sharing information with people that I think they don't know. I am glad you learn something from my informative articles.

Martha Rogers on July 17, 2018:

Did not know this, you give us so much information really that I never knew. I don't wear them to bed but will start. Thanks for all the great info you gives us.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on May 30, 2018:

Peachpurple, doctors recommend sleeping in socks to keep feet warm at night.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 30, 2018:

My mom has stroke, she sleeps with socks because her feet feels cold at night

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