Why Wearing Socks Can Help You Fall Asleep Faster

There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep or an afternoon nap to keep the body energized and the mind alert — and there’s nothing better than a pair of socks to help you get those Zs.

According to the National Sleep Foundation (a nonprofit dedicated to educating people about the value of sleep), wearing socks to bed can help a person fall asleep faster.

The reason behind this age-old phenomenon is circulation. When your feet are warm, the blood vessels dilate (also known as vasodilation), increasing blood flow throughout the body and warming you from head to toe. This signals to the brain that it’s time to sleep. Hot water bottles or heating blankets can have a similar effect, but they’re definitely not as cute as socks, and there could be a risk of overheating with the bottles and blankets.

Studies have also suggested that socks can have other health benefits in bed, such as reducing the frequency of hot flashes or night sweats and decreasing toe and foot swelling through better circulation.

And for the cosmetically minded, wearing socks after moisturizing your feet will help soften rough or cracked heels. (Check out some powerful over-the counter foot creams suggested by a podiatrist.)

Experts recommend wearing sock styles that are made from natural materials such as cotton or wool. Wool is particularly favored because it is a breathable material and is naturally moisture-wicking, which means your feet will stay dry the whole night long.

Below are several styles from brands such as Ugg, Smartwool, L.L.Bean and Darn Tough Vermont that are napworthy.

Smartwool 3-Pack Crew Socks

Made from a merino wool blend, these Smartwool crew socks are tough enough to handle hardcore snoozing.

SmartWool 3-Pack Crew Socks
SmartWool 3-pack crew socks.
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Ugg Nayomi Cashmere Socks

These lightweight cashmere socks from Ugg are a great sleep accessory, especially in the spring and fall when thick socks aren’t needed.

Ugg Nayomi Cashmere Socks
Ugg Nayomi cashmere socks.
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Graham Cashmere Bed Socks

It’s all in the name. These Graham Cashmere ribbed socks, which were knitted in Hawick, Scotland, are intended especially for dozing.

Graham Cashmere Bed Socks
Graham Cashmere bed socks.
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MM.LaFleur Cashmere Socks

These MM.LaFleur’s socks take luxurious napping to a new level. The style is made from 100 percent Mongolian cashmere.

MM.LaFleur Cashmere Socks
MM.LaFleur cashmere socks.
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L.L.Bean Merino Ragg Socks

Get comfy and cozy with L.L.Bean’s merino wool ragg socks, which come in two-packs featuring various colors, though we’re partial to this red and gray duo.

L.L. Bean Merino Ragg Socks
L.L.Bean merino ragg socks
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Wigwam Kiro Socks

These wool-blend socks from Wigwam are made in the USA and feature an eye-catching design that will look great propped up on your footrest during naptime.

Wigwam Kiro Socks
Wigwam Kiro socks.
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Darn Tough Vermont Merino Socks

Give yourself sweet dreams with these merino wool socks from Darn Tough Vermont, decorated with a springlike floral pattern.

Darn Tough Vermont
Darn Tough Vermont crew socks.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon

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