We all know that sleep is extremely important for all of us. While we sleep, our organism is recharging its batteries, so we will have enough energy for the whole day. Lack of sleep can be extremely dangerous and it can cause some serious health problems. Did you know that an average adult person spends 1/3 of his/her life sleeping? But, many people around the world are having problems with sleeping. There are many different things that can cause insomnia, such as: stress, depression, anxiety, problems at work, etc. So, when you go to bed, you won’t think about sleeping, but you will think about your problems at work, family problems or you will think about the things, which you have to do the next day. Well, the bad thing about this is that your brain can’t relax and it’s active all the time, which means you can’t sleep. You should also know that some drugs and medications can also be a cause for insomnia, such as: heart medications, blood pressure medications, pain medications, antihistamines, etc. These medications can contribute to sleep problems. Some of these medications will make you drowsy at first, but they can also cause some stomach problems – which will force you to go to the bathroom a lot and disturb your sleep even more.
So, if you want to sleep like a baby, then you should try sleeping with your socks on. Here’s why.
Sleeping with Socks?
First, you should know that wearing socks before going to bed will keep your feet warm. And this will also help to dilate the blood vessels within your feet which help you fall asleep faster. A recent study has found a correlation between the dilation of blood vessels in extremities (vasodilation) and the speed at which you fall asleep. Well, this actually means that if your feet are warm, you will sleep much better.
Health Benefits of Sleeping with Socks On
- Prevent Night Sweat and Hot Flash
A recent study has found that wearing socks while you sleep can help you sleep much better, by hot preventing hot flashes and night sweats. They claim that socks can help you regulate your body’s temperature and socks can be an ideal solution to help resolve minor hot flashes without more extreme options like hormone replacement therapy.
- Help with Raynaud’s Disease
Do you know what’s Raynaud’s disease? Well, Raynaud’s disease is a rare condition that affects an individual’s blood cells, and causes an overreaction to cold temperature. Raynaud’s disease in severe cases can lead to sores or necrosis – tissue death. You should know that sleeping with socks on helps with body temperature regulation, which can help to prevent a Raynaud’s attack from occurring.
- Improve Dry Skin
First, you should know that people who experience bouts of dry skin may find that they wake with cracked, dry feet. Well, this usually happens in the cold winter months, when temperatures drop. Note: this may lead to soreness. So, make sure you apply a good and effective moisturizer to your feet before sleep, and put on some clean socks (100% cotton). This method will help you prevent dry feet in the morning.
- Reduce Fever
Did you know that if you soak your socks in apple cider vinegar, and put them on before you go to sleep, it can help bring your fever down? Apple cider vinegar is effective in boosting blood flow and reducing your fever. This effective method will also strengthen your immune system and help ease the breaking down of waste products. Make sure you don’t use this method in combination with sleeping pills or liquid medication.
- Prevent Cough
A famous Russian remedy involves applying dried mustard powder inside your socks and wearing another pair of socks on top. This Russian method is extremely useful and effective in soothing chronic coughs.
- Warm Your Feet
Did you know that if you consume red pepper, it will help you increase the circulation in your toes and fingers? And, when you put cayenne (or red pepper spices) into your shoes or socks, you will get the same effect. Applying cayenne topically causes the blood vessels under the skin of the feet to dilate. This effective method will stimulate the blood flow and it provides warmth to the feet. For some, the warming sensation may occur immediately while for others, the heat gradually increases over time. Note: this also depends on how much pepper you use.
What Socks to Wear for Sleeping?
So, if you decide to wear socks while you sleep, there are a few things to consider in terms of hygiene, which is an extremely important aspect of attaining the most benefits from wearing socks during sleep. Note: make sure you always change your socks before you go to sleep. You should get a new and clean socks, because the socks you have been wearing throughout the day are smelly and dirty. And you should also know that bacteria can build up and lead to a fungal infection or similar condition affecting your feet. So, make sure you remove your socks from the day and wash your feet, and dry them properly, especially between the toes.
And, if you decided to sleep with your socks on, choosing the right type is also important. Socks that are too thick, or made from unnatural materials that do not allow sufficient airflow around the feet can cause the feet to become too warm, leading to increased 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 thick.
Other Remedies to Help with a Better Sleep
- Set a Fan Beside the Bed
If someone is having a party all night and you can’t sleep cause of the noise, then you should put a fen next to your bed. It may help you sleep much better. This is because the gentle sound of the breeze from the fan blowing upon your pillow will help to distract you from the intrusive external noise and soothe you into the land of dreams.
- Limit Light Exposure
You should also limit the light exposure. It will help you sleep much better. A recent study, conducted by group of neurological experts from George Washington University, has found 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 after a TV time can help to relax your retinas and get you into the status of sleeping.
- Take a Hot Bath
The medical experts claim that taking a hot bath before you go to sleep can improve your sleep significantly and you will sleep much better. This is probably because the body lowers its temperature naturally during the night, and taking a bath raises your body temperature. This raise in body temperature leads to a steeper decrease than what naturally occurs, which helps to sustain a deeper sleep. So, if you want to get the best results and sleep much better, then it is recommended that you lay in a bath for around 20 to 30 minutes, and 2 hours before you plan to go to sleep.
- Shun Stimulants
If you can’t sleep at night, then you should definitely avoid stimulants throughout the day. This means skipping your daily cup of coffee and avoiding other high-caffeine products. Some people who drink decaffeinated coffee should note that some decaffeinated coffee sold in chain restaurants were found to contain caffeine. Another powerful stimulant is nicotine, in the form of cigarette smoke. Some people think that a cigarette before bed is relaxing and helps to calm them before they sleep, but they are definitely wrong. It’s completely the opposite. This bad habit will often lead to an increased heart rate, having a detrimental effect on sleep.
- Limit Evening Food and Drink
You should also know that you can affect your sleep by eating too much food before you go to bed, especially food that is hard to digest. Well, this is probably because the digestive system has to work to digest the food that you consumed, making it harder to sleep. Drinking alcohol, although may help to make you feel drowsy or even lead you to pass out, will likely prevent you from obtaining a proper restorative deep sleep. To be honest with you, consumption of any liquid before bed can cause sleep disruption, as you may wake up once or numerous times to empty your bladder. We really hope you enjoyed this article and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You.