We all need a good-night sleep, it what keeps us going every day, what enables our body to recharge with energy and push through every new day. If your body lacks sleep, if you’re unable to fall asleep and get rested during the night it can be very detrimental to your overall health and have serious consequences. An average person spends about 1/3 of his life sleeping, isn’t that amazing? But we’re not all the average person and many of us face sleeping disorders on a day-to-day basis due to stress, depression, anxiety, work or home problems which keep us awake and so on. Once we go to bed, instead of focusing on sleeping and get relaxed and rested, we start thinking about our problems, obligations, anxieties and our brain stays active, unable to let us fall asleep. Aside from the usual suspects, certain drugs and medications can also be a reason for insomnia like heart medications, blood pressure medications, pain medications, antihistamines and could all contribute to your sleeping problems. Even though it may seem that they’re making you feel sleepy at first, but they could be causing you stomach problems, forcing you to go to the toilet more often and disrupting your sleep cycle.
If you’re having difficulties sleeping, you should try to sleep with your socks on, you’ll sleep like a baby. Wondering why? Here’s why:
If you put on your socks before you go to bed you’ll keep your feet warm which will help your blood vessels dilate and you’ll fall asleep faster. Why? According to a recent study, there’s a link between dilated vessels in the extremities and falling asleep faster. In other words, if your feet are warm you’ll sleep better.
Health benefits of sleeping with socks
- Prevent night Sweat and hot flashes
According to a recent study if you wear sock overnight you won’t sweat as much and you won’t feel hot flashes. It was determined that wearing socks while you sleep helps maintain your body temperature and are ideal if you’re experiencing minor hot flashes, eliminating the need for more extreme measures.
- Help with Raynaud’s Disease
Raynaud’s disease is an uncommon disease that affects a person’s blood cells, and causes an overreaction to cold temperature. In more severe cases it can lead to sores or tissue necrosis. You should know that sleeping with socks on helps with body temperature regulation, which can prevent the onset of Raynaud’s and eliminate its serious consequences.
- Improve dry skin
People who have a problem with dry skin usually have dry, cracked heels, which especially pose a problem in the cold, winter months. If you want to keep your feet soft and silky apply some quality moisturizer and put on a pair of socks.
- Reduce fever
This is an old folk remedy but is still widely practiced because it’s very effective. Soak a pair of socks in some ACV and put the wet socks on before you go to sleep. It’ll boost your blood flow and reduce your fever, while boosting your immune system at the same time. Just don’t use it in combination with sleeping pills or liquid medications.
- Prevent cough
An Old Russian remedy says that putting some dry mustard powder in your socks and wearing a second pair on top while you sleep will sooth your chronic cough. It’s worth trying!
- Warm your feet
Red pepper is excellent for improving circulation in your extremities so if you have poor circulation put some on your feet and put on a pair of socks before you go to bed. It will dilate the blood vessels, stimulate blood flow and warm up your feet instantly. For some the warmth sensation comes immediately for other the heat increases gradually.