If you can’t sleep at night because your feet refuse to warm up then you are not the only one. It’s pretty difficult to get comfortable in your bed when your feet are cold. Have you ever wondered why that is?
Our hands and feet are thermoregulators of our body which means they maintain our body’s temperature. Some studies say they are more effective in thermal regulation than sweating. Not only that due to being non-hairy, glabrous skin they act as thermosensors which means they are sensitive to temperature change. No wonder they feel the coldest.
Our core temperature which is about 98.6’ F drops 1 or 2 degrees as we start to fall asleep. This happens to conserve energy during sleep. However, if you are too hot or too cold you might have a difficult time falling asleep. There’s a sweet spot of temperature in which the body starts to go into a sleep state. Our feet play a vital role in regulating our body temperature. In hot summer nights, you will see you feel better when you stick your feet out of the blanket. Similarly, during winters, you can fall asleep quicker if you cover your feet and warm them up. Socks are an easy and effective way to keep your feet warm at night. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about wearing socks to bed.
An average man needs eight hours of sleep every night for a healthy life. We usually, toss and turn in our bed for hours before we can finally get comfortable and fall asleep. Wearing socks can aid in falling asleep faster. Sleep is not the only thing socks help you with.
Here is the list of benefits of wearing socks to bed:
1. Prevent Hot Flushes – Hot flushes are characterised by a red face, profuse sweating and feeling hot in the neck region. What happens is, the blood vessels near the skin(usually of hands and feet) dilate and cool off the body causing hot flushes. This typically happens in women going through menopause. Wearing socks keeps your feet warm and hence reduces the episodes of hot flushes.
2. Help With Raynaud’s Disease – People who suffer from Raynaud’s disease get cold, numb and prickly toes. Although, it can affect any of the extremities like cheeks, nose etc your feet suffer the most as it is the furthest from your heart. In this disease the arteries in your feet become narrow, limiting blood circulation to the area. When the episodes happen the patient’s hands and feet become pale eventually blue in colour. Wearing socks can help to keep your feet warm. It gives people suffering from Raynaud’s disease a lot of relief.
3. Keep Your Feet Moisturised – Wearing good quality socks can help with dry feet. In cold weather especially when humidity is low, your feet lose moisture leading to cracked heels and brittle, dry toenails. Wearing socks locks the moisture in and prevents the skin from drying out.
4. Helps To Reach Orgasm – This might sound crazy but research at the University of Groningen found wearing socks to bed can help couples get to climax better. Climaxing is all about relaxing. Socks help you to feel relaxed and cosy in bed making your sex life better.
Types of socks available and if you need to wear them :
1. Compression Socks Or Stocking – These are stretchy socks which compresses your leg gently. They are tight around the ankle and are usually used by athletes or prescribed by doctors for a medical condition. This socks shouldn’t be worn to bed. This one should definitely be worn when prescribed by the doctor.
2. Heated Socks – Electric heated socks are considerably hot and are meant to be worn outside in the cold climate to keep your feet warm and toasty. Using this in bed can overheating of your feet or worse burn your skin
3. Merino Wool Or Cashmere Socks – These are the perfect type of socks to be worn on the bed. Also, the most commonly available socks. They are breathable. They keep your feet well insulated. They feel soft on the skin and keep your feet warm.
While some people love to wear socks there are some people who can’t stand wearing socks to bed. It all comes down to personal preferences. Here are some other ways to keep your feet warm at night:
1. Foot Massage – Who doesn’t love a good foot massage, right? Give yourself a foot massage with warm oil for 10 minutes before going to sleep. It increases blood circulation in your feet making them warm. Other useful benefits of foot massage are reducing headaches, helping with nerve sensitivity and improving energy levels. Wear socks after a foot massage to keeps your feet warm for rest of the night.
2. A warm Bath – Take a warm bath one or two hours before bed. This method increases blood circulation in your body including your feet keeping them warm. A warm bath also relaxes your body and helps you sleep faster.
3. Rice Socks – Fill up an old sock with some rice and heat it up in microwave oven for a couple of minutes. Check the temperature before placing it on the bottom of your feet. The rice holds a warm temperature for two to three hours and is perfect to fall asleep.
4. Extra Blankets – This one takes a long time. Putting some extra blankets on your feet will warm it up but it will take time.
5. Put a hot water bottle or hot bag below your feet. This will also help to keep your feet warm.
Things to remember:
- Don’t make infants or small children sleep with heated socks, their skin is thin, there is a high chance they will burn their feet. Make them wear normal woollen socks. Also, bathe them in warm water before sleep for a cosy night of sleep.
- Remember to change into fresh socks before you go to bed. Our feet sweat throughout the day, so it’s recommended to clean your feet before you go to bed and put on a fresh pair of socks.
- Going with the above point, don’t put on socks on sweaty feet or wet feet. It will lead to fungal infection.
- Avoid wearing thick socks to bed. Many times we think the more socks we wear the warmer our feet will be. It might be true, but there are other ways to keep your feet warm. Covering your feet with multiple socks does more bad than good. Your feet need air to breathe. If you regularly wear thick socks your feet are prone to get a fungal infection due to sweating.
Fun facts about socks:
- Earliest socks were made of animal skin.
- The oldest pair of socks are known to be 1600 years old.
- Married people are more likely to wear mismatched socks.
Can you sleep with cold feet? How do you keep your feet warm at night?