Is sleeping with socks on good or bad for you?
Medical News Today – Studies suggest that wearing socks in bed may aid sleep.
It may seem like wearing socks in bed would overheat the feet. But, in reality, this habit might assist the body’s internal temperature regulation.
A study from 2007 reported that adults who wore either normal or heated socks in bed got to sleep faster.
This is because a person’s core body temperature drops during the night, reaching the lowest temperature around 4 a.m. The average body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (°F), but this varies by 1 to 2 degrees over the course of 24 hours.
Warming up the feet and hands makes the blood vessels dilate, a response that is called vasodilation. This releases heat through the skin and helps to lower core body temperature. This, in turn, sends a message to the brain that it is bedtime.
Research suggests that warm skin is associated with getting to sleep faster.
Sleep and body temperature
A person’s core body temperature is affected by their biological clock, also called their circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm controls the timing of sleep, making a person feel sleepy at night and awake in the morning.
Body temperature gradually rises during the day, peaking in the late afternoon when people feel most awake and alert. Body temperature then decreases during the night, making a person feel sleepy.
When someone begins to fall asleep, the temperature of their body decreases by 1 to 2 degrees. This could be because the body is conserving energy for other functions.
If a person sleeps with their socks on, this may help with their temperature regulation cycles.
Good temperature regulation in the body is also why it is usually suggested that people keep their bedrooms cool, somewhere between 60 and 67°F.
Other benefits of wearing socks in bed
Preventing hot flushes
Many women going through the menopause will experience hot flashes or flushes. Symptoms include:
- a sudden sensation of intense warmth that spreads through the body
- flushing of the face
The ability of socks to help lower core body temperature during the night can also be of benefit in preventing hot flashes.
This is because hot flashes are thought to be caused by hormonal fluctuations that affect the body’s temperature control.
One study found that couples who wore socks in bed were more likely to orgasm during sex. Would You Pass A Sex Ed Quiz? Most 60-Year-Olds Didn’t
The study reportedly investigated brain responses during sex and found that cold feet put people off. However, the study quoted in the news report was small, using only 13 couples. Read more.