What Are the Pros and Cons of Sleeping with Socks On?

There is nothing worse than freezing feet on a cold winter night, is there?
First simple solution? Wearing socks.
Wearing socks before going to sleep has its advocates and opponents. Some people point out some scientific reasons for sleeping with socks on, while others are reluctant to wear them. This article will discuss the Pros and Cons of Sleeping with Socks On.

The Benefits of Sleeping with Socks On

Like other warm-blooded animals, human beings regulate their body temperature around 37 C. However, the body temperature doesn’t stay steady all day long and varies during the day. For example, our body temperature falls when we sleep and rises when we wake up. It means that getting too cold or too hot during your sleep may interrupt it or even wake you up.

There are some scientific reasons behind the benefits of keeping your feet warm in bed. When our feet are cold, the blood vessels get contracted; thereby, the blood volume circulated in that organ is reduced. However, when you warm your feet, the bloodstream increases, which is a sign for the brain that it is bedtime. In general, the benefits of wearing socks in bed is as follow:

Fall Asleep Faster

As mentioned above, our body temperature decreases at night and makes us feel sleepy. When we wear socks (especially in winter), the vessels in our feet don’t contract, and the blood flow increases in that organ. Thus, our body can regulate the temperature more effectively while sleeping. Together, these events cause a person to fall asleep sooner and experience deeper sleep. Wearing socks to bed can be specifically beneficial for seniors with sleep disorders.

Sleeping with Socks On

Decrease Hot Flashes

All women experience menopause in their lives. The symptoms of menopause vary from one woman to another, but one of the most common symptoms is hot flashes. A hot flash can occur during night and day, but it’s extra annoying during bedtime since it prevents us from falling asleep. Some studies claim that sleeping with socks on can reduce the occurrence of hot flashes in seniors. Wearing socks can maintain our body temperature, thereby reducing hot flashes.

Maintain the Natural Skin Moisture and Avoid Skin Cracks

All sorts of reasons may be behind those cracks on your heels, but one of the benefits of wearing socks to sleep is maintaining the natural moisture of your feet. This is particularly important for seniors since dry skin is one of the common complaints in that community.

Wearing socks can act as a barrier against losing excessive moisture from your skin.

Reduce the Risk of Raynaud’s Symptoms

Raynaud’s syndrome is a disease that involves vasospasm of vessels. In this phenomenon, the bloodstream circulation in the small vessels in the toes, fingers, etc., is interrupted for several reasons, including cold or stress. The typical symptom of this phenomenon is changing skin colour in those areas. The easiest way to avoid such issues is to keep yourself warmer. Consequently, sleeping with socks on in winter can effectively prevent such happenings.

Disadvantages of wearing socks while sleeping

Wearing socks in bed has its drawbacks too.

Reduced Blood Circulation

Choosing tight socks may harm blood circulation. Wrong socks will put pressure on small vessels and prevent proper blood flow. In general, any tight piece of clothing may interrupt the bloodstream in your body. So, the answer to the question “is it bad to sleep with a bra on” may be the same because the wrong bra size can also stop blood circulation during sleep.

Overheating

One of the drawbacks of sleeping with socks on is overheating. It will probably occur if you choose unbreathable or thick socks. In unbreathable or thick socks, the air trap between fabrics and heat can’t flow out, so you may feel it overheat and uncomfortable.

Infection or Poor Hygiene

Dirty socks or those with unbreathable fabrics may increase the risk of infection. Some of the best materials for socks are as below:

Best Socks for Sleeping

Sleeping with Socks On

The best socks should be loose enough to allow normal blood circulation. Choose socks with fabrics that don’t maintain moisture since it can be led to bacterial or mould growth and poor hygiene. In general, natural fabrics like cotton are better than synthetic ones. Some examples of natural fabric are:

  • Cotton
  • Natural wool (like cashmere or merino)

Wool socks are thick! So, it’s better to use them in winter or cool weather.

Note that wool socks are thick! So, it’s better to use them in winter or cool weather.

The bottom line is

Sleep plays a vital role in our health and well-being by improving our memory, repairing any cell damage we may have sustained during the day, and helping strengthen our immune system, thereby preventing disease. Choosing the right kind, size and fabric of socks are essential to experiencing quality sleep.

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Kevinn
Kevinn
7 months ago

How does sleeping with socks on helps you sleep? I tried it last night, I couldn’t fall asleep, and all I could think of was something was out of order! So eventually, I took them off and fell asleep!

Jessica
Jessica
Reply to  Kevinn
6 months ago

Everything takes time. You couldn’t sleep one night with them because you were not used to it. If you keep doing it for a while, it’ll probably become a habit, and then the last thing you know, you can’t sleep without socks.

Jack
Jack
6 months ago

Both my grandmother and mother used to sleep with socks. So I started doing it in my 20s too. My father never understood how we could manage to do it. He used to say he feels suffocated when he looks at us.

Madeleine Knight
Madeleine Knight
6 months ago

I may have Raynaud’s syndrome, but my feet are never cold; unlike my hands and fingers, they’re always cold, even on hot summer days. Is there a cure for that? It has never been a problem for me.

Jane
Jane
6 months ago

Are you sure sleeping with socks on can reduce the occurrence of hot flashes? I’m 52, and I’m having menopause symptoms; I can’t sleep at night, I’m always sweaty, and it’s almost unbearable during the nighttime. My doctor gave me Catapres, which is helpful, but they’re not a magic pill. I’ve never tried sleeping with socks on; it has never occurred to me, if it’s hot, put your socks on! I may try it tonight.

Kate
Kate
6 months ago

Oh my God, I can never sleep with socks on. Even the sound of it is suffocating, let alone trying it for even one night. I seriously don’t know how some people can do it.

Abigail
Abigail
3 months ago

I personally LOVE sleeping with my socks on!
I cannot go to sleep without wearing socks. I have tried so many times to sleep with my socks on, but I just couldn’t.
It makes me feel naked and cold. It just feels weird not to wear them.
I am a conservative dresser, and I adore the contrast of funny socks with my traditional clothing.
I love the warmth my socks give me, especially in winter; it’s currently freezing here in Vancouver.
Whenever I tell people these things, they get really offended and look at me as if I am a weirdo!

Edwin
Edwin
3 months ago

It’s something I must do, at least in colder months.
I have a genetic neuromuscular disorder that affects relaxation in my legs.
One of the several symptoms is nocturnal leg cramps, which can be quite severe and painful.
What affects cramps most is cold temperatures.
Now I have yet to use my electric blanket this winter season, and my feet being the extreme, can get quite cold…I have had cramps confined to one or both feet as the heating elements don’t reach the extremes.
I firmly believe that sleeping in socks is one way of preventing the cramps mentioned above.

Maya
Maya
3 months ago

Well, I vote nude!! Who needs all this suffocating fabric…
I like to let my body breathe and all. And legs are part of the body too.
Furthermore, from the skincare perspective, there are also some known disadvantages of having the skin enclosed in tight clothes for extended periods; for example, it can lead to skin dryness.
You spend the whole day with your socks on – soaking up all that sweat, your feet need to breathe…
So, personally, I wouldn’t do it and will recommend avoiding it if possible and not cold outside…

Paula
Paula
3 months ago

As long as the socks are clean and don’t smell, why not sleep with them if they keep you warm, protect sensitive areas on your feet, or help control a condition such as foot odour…
I put a soothing lotion on my feet before bedtime and cover them with clean socks to keep my feet soft. The socks hold in the lotion, and it doesn’t get all over the sheets.
I do it, particularly in the winter.
I don’t heat the house much at night. Socks are warming the coolest part of the body, farthest from the heart….

Martin
Martin
3 months ago

I guess someone in the comments will say that wearing socks might be bad for your blood circulation. I have heard it both ways.
Or that your feet “need to breathe” each night. Heard that before, too.
I frankly can’t understand how people can sleep barefoot. I always have to wear socks to bed, even in warm weather.
I have diabetic neuropathy and take Gabapentin – sometimes supplemented by ibuprofen. Very fine silk stockings or very fine wool socks feel fantastic to me.
But I’m guessing that’s just me.
Ask your doctor; it might not be optional!!

Mia
Mia
3 months ago

I feel like everyone should do what makes them feel comfortable. I’m skinny, with four cups of blood in my body. My feet get cold easily, so I wear them in winter. I also wear them when my feet are dry, and I need to do an overnight lotion. Otherwise, I prefer my feet free.
I don’t even like them under the covers…but with my age, I don’t know…maybe I should reconsider!
I just googled, and apparently, according to the National Sleep Foundation, warming your feet before going to bed gives the brain a clear signal that it’s bedtime!