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Should You Wear Socks to Sleep?

Could This Simple Change Help You Fall Asleep?


If you have trouble falling to sleep, one simple change in your sleepwear may change that: put on a pair of socks.

This life-hack is backed by science, so there's an actual reason why keeping your toes warm as you drift off to sleep can actually speed up the process. According to a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, "heating cold feet causes vasodilation—dilation of the blood vessels—which may tell the brain that it is bedtime. After the blood vessels open in the hands and feet, heat is redistributed throughout the body to prepare for sleep."

So even if you're not a sock-sleeper, it's just the process of warming up cold feet that can help you fall asleep quickly. The National Sleep Foundation recommends warming up the foot of your bed with extra blankets or a hot water bottle before hopping in, or even shuffling around the house in slippers before you head to bed.

Are socks the key to getting a few more minutes of sleep? Here's to hoping!

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