There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who can’t stand to have anything on their feet when they sleep and those who crave the comfort of socks. But which is really better for you? And does wearing socks do anything at all to help you sleep better? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of wearing socks to bed so you can make an informed choice next time you’re ready to drift off to dreamland.

 

Wear Socks if you Can’t Sleep

If you’re having trouble falling asleep, consider wearing socks to see if having warm feet helps. There is science to it. Warming your feet results in vasodilation. This dilation of blood vessels in your extremities will help with circulation and send signals to your brain that it’s time for sleep.

As the heat gets redistributed throughout your body, you may find that drifting off will be easier than it was if you find yourself fighting sleep every night.

 

Alternatives to Socks

But what if you just can’t do socks? Some people, like myself, can’t stand sleeping while feeling constricted by extra layers. Keeping your feet warm is still important, but there are ways to do it without having to trap your feet in sock prisons.

Here are some additional ideas:

  • An extra blanket at the foot of your bed. If you don’t want to wear socks and you don’t need additional blankets, consider using something just at the foot of your bed to add additional warmth. A folded blanket on top of your comforter, quilt, or blanket may help add just enough warmth to your feet.
  • A hot water bottle. Past generations couldn’t imagine going to bed without a nice hot water bottle tucked in the blankets at the foot of the bed. This low-tech option is still available and can be an easy to use solution. If a water bottle isn’t right, consider a rice mom that you can heat up in the microwave.
  • A warm cat or dog. As with socks in bed, there are two general schools of thought about sharing a bed with you furry friends. But this symbiotic relationship can benefit everyone. If your dog or cat likes to sleep at the foot of your bed, let them curl up and warm your feet while you sleep.
  • Slippers before bedtime. If socks aren’t your jam, you might want to try slippers. As a part of your at-home evening routine, wear warm and cozy slippers at night to help get your feet up to a comfortable temperature before tucking yourself in bed to sleep.

 

Treat Yourself

Of course, you can always go the luxury route and buy really amazing socks just for your sleep routine. Invest in a pair of cashmere sleep socks. They might run you about $20 a pop, but they will be comfortable and will never feel scratchy while you’re trying to sleep.

 

Of course, keeping your feet warm should be a part of your general nighttime routine. Make sure you’re avoiding technology and food right before bed. Turn off lights, get comfortable, and relax before drifting off for a good night’s sleep.

Laura Lavoie

Laura M. LaVoie is a freelance writer from Asheville, NC where she enjoys the craft beer scene, the Tiny House movement, general geekry, and making sure she gets a full 8 hours of sleep every night.

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