Is it Good to Sleep with Socks On?

· August 25, 2016

Going to sleep with socks on helps regulate body temperature. This will prevent you from feeling cold in the middle of the night, and also from waking up.  This will help you get better rest.

It is said that one half of the population sleeps with socks on.

Some people need to have their feet “protected” no matter the time of year, and then other people can’t even get to sleep in the wintertime if something is making them uncomfortable.

So… Is it better to sleep with, or without socks? We’re going to tell you in this article.

How do you sleep?

how you sleep

You could say that there are just as many ways to sleep in the world as there are people.  Some people opt for pajamas, and other people just want more blankets on the bed.

Others choose to turn up the heat so they don’t have to use so many blankets, and in summer, other people prefer fans or air conditioning before giving up everything down to the sheets.

The same thing happens with socks. It’s basically a question of preference.

We’re not trying to change your habits or tell you that what you do is good or bad.  Rather, we want to inform you and answer whether it’s right, or wrong, to sleep with socks.

Experts say that the “negative” reasons include sweating too much on your feet at night.

Socks do keep you warm at night, which could bring a few unwanted consequences:

  • Infections (fungus, athletes foot, peeling)
  • Poor blood circulation (If your socks squeeze your ankles too much)
  • Your feet don’t get to rest if they’re never refreshed.
  • Bad odors caused be being “closed up”.

The good news is that to avoid all of these problems, we recommend changing your socks before going to bed.  This means that you should never wear the same socks you wore for the entire day.

Not only because they’re dirty, but because they also accumulate sweat, bacteria, and they stain the sheets.  You’ll also need to use a type of sock that doesn’t squeeze your foot or cut off circulation.

To whatever degree possible, use cotton socks, or better yet, special socks that are used for flying or long trips.

But, on the other hand, if you do want to sleep like a baby without waking up, it’s best to put on a pair of socks. Did you know that people that use socks at night feel better than if they were covered with several blankets?

This prevents any changes in body temperature that wake you up or prevent you from getting to sleep. Perfect for not having to get up to go to the bathroom in the early morning, and for not bothering the person sleeping next to you!

The ever-forgotten socks

The ever forgotten sock

No one can deny that this is the most forgotten article of clothing in your entire dresser.

They’re hidden behind shoes or pants, and you don’t want them seen. They can even make you embarrassed when it comes time to being intimate with your partner, or going to a doctor’s visit.

And let’s not even talk about when they creep out and show the whole world that they’re not matching!  But fashion companies are starting to pay more attention to socks, offering different designs, materials and uses.

One study from the Spanish Neurological Society showed that one of the best ways to rest well is to wear socks.

It seems like this simple habit allows you to better enjoy your regenerative sleeping hours and prevents chronic insomnia. You could even say that socks are magical and help you forget about your daily problems!

There are other reasons that people don’t sleep well though: physiological changes caused by age, traveling, being exposed to extreme temperatures, not being at home, or eating an imbalanced diet.

There are a lot of “grandmother’s remedies” for peaceful sleep (that range anywhere from drinking an infusion to taking a warm bath, eating a light dinner or counting sheep).  But wearing socks could quite simply be the cure for all of these ills.

Of course, you’ll have to adopt other habits, like not exercising at night, avoiding coffee or soda at dinner, and not watching TV in bed.

It’s all a matter of temperature

It's all a matter of temperature

The steadfast naysayers to wearing socks while sleeping could change their minds if they considered the studies and research that has been done regarding this theme.

We don’t even need to mention that good rest helps strengthen memory, recharge your batteries and even regenerate skin.

But in order to enjoy these benefits your body temperature needs to stay balanced all night long. 

In the evening hours, temperature lowers as the day goes on, and the same happens in your body.  This might be why when going to bed you only use one blanket, but in the middle of the night you want to add another blanket.

The clothing you choose to wear while sleeping is fundamental. Using socks or booties to keep your feet warm is healthy and necessary.

Just like during the day, if your feet are cold, your whole body will be chilled.  At night you need to cover your lower extremities in order to feel good.

If your feet are hot, the veins will dilate and the heat will spread throughout your entire body.  The brain “understands” that everything is well, and begins to rest.

If, on the other hand, your feet are cold, your whole body will then feel cold. Your mind will have to work harder to regulate your temperature.  This makes you feel less relaxed, in a state of alertness, and it will make it harder to get to sleep.