More than just pretty, there’s a lot of science behind our product range. We hand selected all our products for their proven ability to support sleep. This week, we’re talking about a rather underrated sleep products: socks.
Wearing socks to bed has long been a more divisive topic than that dress (it was clearly white and gold). But there’s a surprising amount of science behind this lifestyle choice.
The science-y bit
Studies have shown that sleeping in socks to bed helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep for longer. The average adult 15 minutes, however wearing socks shaves down this time by 7.5 minutes! If that isn’t enough for you, the typical bedtime sock wearer you will sleep for an average of 30 minutes longer. It also decreases the number of night-wakings by almost seven times.
So how exactly does it work? Well, socks help us to thermoregulate - manage our body temperature - more efficiently. They do this by supporting vasodilation - the widening of blood vessels - which allows more efficient blood flow. This blood flow warms up our cold tootsies, and spreads that warmth around the body evenly balancing our body temperature. This is why socks are particularly helpful for those who suffer from conditions that imbalance body temperature, such as hot flashes, night sweats, or Raynaud’s syndrome.
Natural fibre vs. synthetic fibre
Will any socks do? Well, not really. Most synthetic fibres do not absorb sweat so it stays trapped between the fabric and your skin, leaving you clammy and uncomfortable. Natural fibres like cashmere, however, are extremely effective at thermoregulation simply because they have to be. I mean have you ever seen a sheep shivering? Natural fibres work to absorb moisture quickly, trapping the heat in the fibres and releasing the vapour so the fibres don’t become saturated, leaving your skin cool and sweat free!
If you have the luxury of being a good sleeper, you can forgo the socks. However, if if you suffer with sleep loss like 2/3 of the world, then put some socks on if you want a simple, effective method of quickly improving your sleep quality and length.