What happens during the time of sleep?
While we are asleep, our body undergoes numerous regenerative processes that are essential for enjoying good health and relaxation. We also know the importance of a good night’s sleep a day of drudgery.
However, the fact remains that most people struggle to obtain a good nap at night without any interruption of their slumber. Some people find it easier to doze off when sleeping with their socks on.
The point is: Is sleeping with socks on good for you?
The answer to this question is: Yes!
Wearing socks during sleep hours helps you to drift off quite easier than usual. This is because when your feet feel warm, your blood vessels in the feet dilate, and send to your brain a signal that it is time to sleep.
A research has pointed out a close correlation between the dilation in limbs (called vasodilation) and the speed of your falling asleep. The researchers have explained what it means: “Increased dilation of the blood vessels in the feet will lead to you falling asleep quicker. Also, when the body becomes hot, the system will try to cool the body to a comfortable temperature, which will in turn help you to get to sleep quicker.”
Health benefits of sleeping with socks on
1. It prevents hot flashes and night sweats
When you wear socks in bed, it helps regulate body temperature while you sleep due to cooling process conducted by the body itself. This natural temperature control can be beneficial in preventing instances of night sweats or hot flashes, both of which can lead to sleep disturbances.
2. It helps with the Raynaud’s disease
The Raynaud’s disease is a very rare medical condition that affects an individual’s blood cells, and causes an overreaction to cold temperatures. This, in acute cases, can lead to sores or even to tissue death (necrosis). For these people, sleeping with socks on is almost essential since it helps with body temperature regulation, which can help to prevent a Raynaud’s attack from happening.
3. It improves dry skin
The people suffering from dry skin may often wake up with cracked and dry feet, especially in the winter time when temperatures drop. This may lead to soreness as well as to aesthetic concerns. Wearing a pair of clean socks [cotton ones] and applying an appropriate moisturizer to your feet right before sleep, will prevent waking up with sore and dry feet, meaning it will be comfortable to put the sandals back on again when the summer months start.
4. It reduces fever
Also, beforehand soaking your socks in apple cider vinegar (that is prior to putting them on before bed) can help bring down your fever. The vinegar is effective in boosting blood flow and reducing your fever.
In addition, this remedy is able to strengthen your immune system and help ease the breaking down of waste products.
Note: Never use this remedy in combination with taking sleeping pills or any liquid medication.
5. It prevents night coughing
There is a Russian remedy that involves putting some dried mustard powder inside your socks and wearing another pair of socks on top for extra warmth. It has been proven to stop coughs too.
6. It warms your feet
Some red pepper in your diet increases the circulation in your toes and fingers. Hence, when you put cayenne (the red pepper spice) into your shoes or socks, it basically does the same thing.
The cayenne, applied topically, causes the blood vessels beneath the skin of the feet to dilate. This action stimulates extra blood circulation and delivers warmth to the feet. In some people, the warming sensation may occur immediately while in other people the heat may gradually increase over time. This will also depend on the amount of pepper you apply.
What socks to wear for sleeping
When going to sleep with socks on your feet, there are a few things to care about in terms of hygiene:
1.You should always change your socks before you go to bed that is you should not wear the same socks you have worn throughout the day.
Otherwise, bacteria can build up and lead to a fungal infections and affect your overall feet health. Remove your socks from the day and wash your feet, then dry them properly, particularly in between the toes.
2. When sleeping with socks on, choosing the right type of socks is also important. Socks that are too thick, too tight, or made from synthetic materials, do not allow sufficient airflow around the feet and can cause the feet to become too warm and sweating.
This can lead to an increased production of bacteria, causing complications. When choosing the socks to wear for sleeping, pick a pair that is made from natural fibers and not too dense either.
So, the hygiene is an important aspect of attaining the most benefits from wearing socks during sleep!
Other remedies that help with a better sleep
You can set a fan beside the bed
Sometimes, an external distraction may keep you awake at night (a party next door or a barking dog for instance). Using an electronic fan, but safely positioned, may prove beneficial in helping you fall asleep. This is because the gentle sound of the breeze from the fan blowing upon your pillow will help you to distant from the intrusive external noise and take you to the ‘Zzzzizi land.’
Limit the light exposure before bedtime
Limited light exposure may help you to get into the ‘status of sleeping.’ A recent research, performed by neurological experts from George Washington University, claims that exposure to harsh electrical lights, TV, PC, or laptop screens, can set blocks to your sleeping process.
Most adults assume that dark light may be the most suitable environment to sleep. Yet, spending a period of time under low-power lamp light [especially after a TV time] can help you to relax your retina and make you drowsy.
Take a hot bath
Another ailment for your insomnia is taking a hot bath at bedtime. This is due to the fact that the body lowers its temperature naturally at night, so taking a hot bath or a hot shower raises your body temperature. This elevation of the body temperature leads to a steeper decrease than what naturally occurs, which helps to sustain a deeper sleep.
Note: For best results, it is recommended that you lay in a bath for about half an hour, 2 hours before you plan to turn in.
If you find yourself tossing and turning in your bed, it may be wise to avoid stimulants throughout the day. In particular, it means skipping your daily cup of coffee, avoiding other high-caffeine products and sodas, and strenuous exercise. Even those people who drink decaffeinated coffee should know that some decaffeinated coffee [sold in chain restaurants] was still found to contain caffeine by a consumer report conducted in 2007.
Another strong stimulant is the nicotine, in the form of cigarette smoke of course. Some chain smokers believe that a cigarette right before bedtime is relaxing and helps them to calm down before they sleep.
In fact, the opposite situation is most likely true, as it will often lead to an increased heart rate, having a detrimental effect on the quality of your sleep.
Avoid having evening food and drink
Your sleep disorders can be also caused by eating too much food before you go to bed. This especially refers to food that is hard to digest (like meats and other greasy food).
This is because your digestive tract has to work hard to digest the food you have consumed, making it harder for you to doze off. Although drinking some alcohol may make you feel dozy, it will likely prevent you from obtaining a proper restorative deep sleep with RAM cycles. This being said, consumption of any liquid before bedtime can cause sleep disruption, as you may wake up once or several times to empty your bladder!
Finally, avoid anything that is stressful for you
Yes, stressful situations are sleep disruptors and should be avoided whenever possible. A day full of stress will make stay awake longer than usual, so plan your day carefully!
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