A comfy mattress and a good set of sheets are two noncontroversial methods for getting better sleep. Wearing socks to bed, however, is another story. What if it improved your nightly rest, though?
Dr. Jess Andrade explained on TikTok (@doctorjesss) that wearing socks to bed actually does help you sleep better because warm feet open the blood vessels. As a result, you actually begin to cool down, which tells your body it’s time for bed. So, generally, those who wear socks to bed tend to fall asleep faster.
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Is Andrade right? Today spoke with Dr. Carol Ash, a sleep specialist, who said that while sleeping with socks is a preference, not a requirement, it can help you fall asleep more quickly.
“I’ve read at least one study that noted that socks helped improve quality of sleep and decreases time to fall asleep,” Ash said. “The study reported socks helped stabilize the body’s core temperature, sending signals to the brain to help you fall asleep faster, maintain sleep, and improve sleep quality.”
So, if you’ve been having trouble falling asleep at night, you might want to consider slipping on those socks you got for Christmas at bedtime.