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Can you sleep in compression socks? This is a common question amongst the many people who wear compression socks for relief from pain or swelling. So, can you wear compression socks to bed? Keep reading to discover the many benefits of wearing compression socks and whether or not you should sleep in them for 24-hour pain relief.
While compression socks are popular among runners, nurses, and pregnant women, they offer multiple benefits for all people. You don’t have to be an athlete or work on your feet all day to experience the comfort of compression. Compression socks relieve everyday aches and pains and improve circulation in your legs, which is especially beneficial if you have diabetes or other circulatory issues. They can also help reduce swelling in your feet and legs and relieve pain and discomfort from conditions like arthritis, plantar fasciitis, and shin splints. Lastly, you might consider wearing compression socks to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition that can occur when blood clots form in your veins. With all these amazing benefits, one starts to wonder, “Can you sleep in compression socks and experience pain relief at night, too?”
While sleeping in compression socks may sound like an excellent idea initially, there are a few things to consider before you wear them to bed. Here are some pros and cons of wearing compression socks while sleeping.
Compression socks work to reduce pain and swelling in the feet and legs. If you experience significant swelling at night, wearing compression socks to bed could provide some much-needed relief.
Wearing compression socks for too long may irritate your skin, causing a “pinching” feeling or creating blisters and sores. If you apply too much pressure to the skin for an extended period of time, these results are likely.
Compression socks improve blood circulation, sending more oxygen to your muscles. This helps your muscles recover and rebuild while you sleep. If you work on your feet all day or are highly active, wearing compression socks to bed could help prevent muscle fatigue.
Wearing compression socks at night may relieve aches and pains, but it could negatively impact your sleep. The material may become uncomfortable on your skin and cause your feet to be very hot. The socks may also move and bunch while you're sleeping, cutting off circulation to your legs and feet.
In some cases, wearing compression socks to bed may worsen certain medical conditions. About 12 hours is how long you should wear compression socks, so wearing them for 24 hours could cause problems. It’s always best to consult a medical professional before wearing compression socks at night if you have increased blood pressure, heart issues, varicose veins, spider veins, or another medical condition.
While there may be some benefits to wearing compression socks to bed, we recommend wearing them during the day and giving your feet and legs a rest at night. Rather than worrying about the socks causing skin irritations or negatively impacting your sleep, take them off at night unless your medical doctor advises you otherwise.
Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.
Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.
Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)
Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you.
To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart.
The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you.
Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:
Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot.
Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit.
Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.