Socks make it easier to fall asleep, but it’s better not to wear them while sleeping so your body can regulate its temperature. Here you will learn why!
Should you sleep with socks on your feet? This question divides minds and leads to disagreements among experts. Each side has its arguments.
The advantages of wearing socks while sleeping
According to a study conducted by two South Korean academics, wearing socks, which can be cleaned quite easily with a trick, leads to better sleep at night.
The study, conducted on six volunteers, found that those who wore socks to bed fell asleep an average of 7.5 minutes earlier. Sleep quality was also better: the volunteers woke up less often and slept longer (the wrong sleeping position, on the other hand, can lead to back problems).
This is because we lose most of our body heat through our extremities. So if your feet are uncovered when you go to bed or at night, you’ll be cold faster.
Since heat promotes blood circulation, blood vessels dilate, allowing you to fall asleep optimally and, most importantly, quickly. If you’re freezing when you go to bed, it’s harder to warm up and get to sleep (which is why you can happily leave the window closed when you sleep).
Why do you have to wear your socks when you go to bed?
According to Alexandre Aranda, a neurologist and sleep physician quoted by Madame Figaro, it’s better to sleep without socks and stretch your feet out of bed to maintain a comfortable temperature. When falling asleep, the body naturally regulates its internal temperature. Socks that are not breathable would block this system and prevent the extremities, which are sensitive to cold, from warming up properly or, conversely, from dissipating heat.
Also, to sleep well, the body lowers the general body temperature. Having socks on our feet all the time, plus a comforter, a plaid, and possibly a cat cuddling up to us – it’s pleasant when slipping into the comforter and helps to relax as we fall asleep, but it’s way too much for the rest of the night when the whole organism is on the back burner.
When we go to bed, socks help us fall asleep because they keep us from getting uncomfortably cold and prevent the body from regulating itself naturally at night. Tough luck for those who complain about cold feet. The solution? Put on socks 30 to 90 minutes before sleep and sleep with your feet extended out of bed. It’s very simple! Then all that remains is to find the right position.
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