This is why you should be wearing socks to bed, according to a doctor
Much like the divide keeping tomato sauce in the fridge creates, there are few fence-sitters when it comes to the topic of wearing socks to bed.
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So as proud socks-to-bed-wearers ourselves, Dr Jess Andrade’s latest TikTok revelation has delivered us the news we’ve been crying out for; a scientific reason as to why popping on a pair of cosy socks truly is the greatest pre-bedtime ritual you will ever engage in.
Comfort, cosiness and absolute bliss aside, Dr Andrade explained that by reducing the risk of cold feet during the night you will increase the circulation of blood, avoid constriction of blood vessels and in turn avoid a restless night's sleep.
“Wearing socks makes your feet warm and this opens up blood vessels that cool the body down,” she said. “The body being cool tells the brain that it’s time for bed. So people who wear socks to bed tend to fall asleep faster”.
In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, warming your feet (in any capacity) before bedtime will send a signal to your brain that it is time to sleep.
So if wearing socks all night long is a sacrifice you just aren’t willing to make, soaking your feet in warm water before you hit the pillow will have a similar effect on opening blood vessels (but hopefully not your bladder) while you snooze.