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Can You Sleep In Compression Socks? Wearing Compression Socks Overnight

Last Updated April 19, 2021

Most people should not sleep in compression socks, unless recommended by their doctor.

Thigh-high compression socks

When it comes to sleeping and lying down, our circulatory systems no longer have to fight against gravity to push blood and fluid back to our hearts. When you add compression socks to this equation, the added pressure to your ankles can actually cut off your circulation.

However, there’s still an underground world of people that do sleep in their compression gear with no bad side effects.

Read on to find out when it is okay to wear these socks to bed and why!

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What are Compression Socks?

Compression socks are widely used in the treatment of venous disorders.

“What are venous disorders?” you may ask. They are medical conditions that cause damage to your veins. Veins are the vessel that supplies blood towards the heart after the oxygen they contain is used by our bodies.

Medical use of compression socks
Medical use of compression socks

Venous disorders can become extremely dangerous if allowed to go unchecked. They can ultimately leave you unable to do even the simplest of tasks, including walking!

Compression socks aren’t just for people with venous disorders, however. You don’t have to have a medical condition to wear compression socks. Many athletes and active people use different types of compression socks to help them during their workouts, as they can help boost performance, reduce pain, and lower the risk of certain injuries. There are a variety of options, designs, styles and size to choose from and they also prevent your feet to swell and provide relief at an affordable price.

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What Compression Socks Do

Compression socks are designed to “compress” (no surprise there!) muscles and the vein that supplies blood. As previously stated, wearing these rewards people who suffer from a venous disorder or engage in an athletic program, sports and other wellness activities a relief.

The tight compression socks are made of elastic and come in various shapes and size to accommodate a variety of people.  

The strong and tight elastic ensures that a good level of compression is put on the ankles, knee, feet, and legs.

How Compression Socks Work

How compression socks work
How compression socks work
  • The tight elastic design rewards you with a compression that tightens the surface veins and arteries around the leg muscles, these could help the blood to flow effectively along narrow channels.
  • This help supplies the increase of blood pressure in arteries (more technically known as “arterial pressure”), which increases blood flow to the heart and could keep blood from pooling in the legs.
  • Because the tight compression allows blood to flow more smoothly and efficiently, it prevents muscle soreness by reducing the buildup of lactic acid.
  • These are usually available in two different types. The first type is knee-high compression stockings, which concentrates compression below the knee area. The second type is thigh-high compression stockings, which focuses on the compression in the leg from the thigh downwards.

So, Is It Okay to Sleep in Compression Socks?

What if I sleep in them? This question has two answers. If you are about to experience maternity, a featured athlete, healthy individual or an open sports enthusiast who does not have venous disorders or muscle issues, then you shouldn’t wear these kind of socks, stockings, waist-level or pantyhose to bed. They should only be worn when you’re active in the daytime.

Running Men
Sportsmen with compression socks

(More on sleeping in compression socks later.)

Keep in mind that even those who have been diagnosed with venous disorders or muscle problems must still consult a physician before using these at night.

There’s a price to pay about wearing these to bed and here’s why: Like the ones featured in juzo, we mentioned earlier that compression socks use tight elastics to compress the area around the leg.

This “tightness” or pressure varies from one type to another. These are the general pressure standards that can be seen in compression socks, stockings, waist-level or pantyhose:

Knee-high compression socks
  • Low compression: Below 15 mmHg
  • Mild compression: 15 mmHg – 20 mmHg
  • Moderate compression: 20 mmHg – 30 mmHg
  • High compression: Above 30 mmHg or up to 40 mmHg – 50 mmHg

In case you’re wondering, mmHg stands for “Millimeter of Mercury”, and is the standard of pressure measurement used to assess the amount of pressure placed on a surface.

Socks, stocking or pantyhose with high (above 30 mmHg or up to 40 mmHg – 50 mmHg) and moderate (20 mmHg – 30 mmHg) compression levels should only be worn during strenuous workouts and in the daytime.

They might sometimes be used in other situations, if your doctor advises you to wear them after examining the extent and degree of your medical condition.

Different Levels

If, for example, you recently underwent surgery related to your legs or spine, your doctor or a healthcare professional may convince you to discuss putting them on at night.

Aside from that, however, you should only put them on while you’re active and in the daytime.

As is the case with moderate and high compression level up to 40 mmHg – 50 mmhg, moderate and mild types such as 20 mmHg can be worn at night, but ONLY under the guidance of a doctor.

The bottom line is, this is not recommended if you are a generally healthy person who does not have any medical problems related to your legs, knee, veins, or muscles.

However, wearing such compression socks (moderate, 20 mmHg – 30 mmHg and mild, 15 mmHg – 20 mmHg) for short periods before and after an intense workout or a long run is fine.

Low compression socks (pressure below 15 mmHg) are recommended for night wear, but, again, only under the directions of a doctor.

As is the case with other compression levels, it is not recommended for otherwise healthy individuals to wear compression socks while sleeping, especially in maternity. If you are unsure, you may seek advise from a healthcare professional, read more on the information featured on our website or ask our customer care team for more details.

Why Shouldn’t I Sleep in Compression Socks?

No bed Sign

Remember earlier in the article when we talked about how these work and why they’re used?

Well, it’s time to get a bit more scientific about that.

When you wear these during the day, you’re in an upright position. Your blood circulation and veins have to fight gravity, and if you have a venous disorder, it’s hard for them to do this in order to circulate blood efficiently.

Fortunately, graduated compression helps the circulatory system by consistently providing pressure to fight gravity and avoid major disruptions in blood flow.

When you are sleeping, even if you stretch, however, your body is completely horizontal, so your body, muscles, and circulatory system don’t have to fight the gravitational pull.

If constant pressure is put on your legs during this time, the pressure can disrupt blood circulation, causing muscle inflammation and pain in the legs and ankles.

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