Compression socks (or stockings) are undoubtedly one of the easiest and safest methods for reducing or preventing a number of issues with the lower legs. They can increase blood flow, decrease swelling and relieve pain in people from all walks of life, so it’s no wonder many people want to wear them all day and night! Should you be sleeping with compression socks though? Keep reading to find out.
Can you wear compression socks to bed?
The most common use of compression socks is to assist the blood flow of people with venous insufficiency, but they are also very popular with people suffering from oedema, people who are on their feet all day, pregnant people, frequent fliers and even athletes. The gentle compression helps blood to flow back up to the heart by counteracting the pressure in your veins, reducing pain, heaviness and swelling in the legs.
When you lay down to sleep at night, the pressure on your legs is naturally reduced, as gravity isn’t having the same effect as when you’re standing. This means that it’s not necessary to wear your compression garments at night. Plus, even though your socks should feel comfortable all day, most people find it more comfortable to give their legs a break and a breather, rather than wearing compression stockings to bed.
Is sleeping with compression socks ever okay?
It’s completely fine to leave your compression garments on for short sleeps or naps occasionally but wearing compression stockings at night during sleep isn’t recommended unless your healthcare provider recommends otherwise.
There’s nothing inherently dangerous in doing so once or twice (so don’t panic if you fall asleep with them on), but it can actually restrict blood flow because the pressure from standing is absent when you’re lying down. It can also cause skin irritation, elevated blood pressure, overheating, joint pain (especially behind the knees) and pins and needles.
So to conclude, while compression garments are perfect for daytime relief, it’s healthier to avoid them while sleeping, besides during the occasional nap. If you’d like more information about how to wear compression garments or have any other questions, contact our friendly team online or on 1800 455 994 for a chat.
Please note: The information provided here is for general information only and is not intended to act as medical advice. We advise anyone interested in this subject to seek qualified, professional advice.