Do you have trouble dozing off at night? It could be what you’re not wearing to bed. Socks, everyone. For some reason there’s a stigma attached to wearing socks to bed, with many people considering it a contemptuous violation of bedroom culture.

They may not be considered the cutest bedtime accessory or an aphrodisiac, but for some socks make everything cozier. I’m one of those people who gets cold feet at nighttime during the winter months. So, sometimes I wear socks to bed. Clean ones, not crusty ones worn all day. I just can’t sleep with cold feet.

I know others who do it as part of their beauty routine, moisturizing and sealing their feet with a sock kiss. As it turns out, sleeping with socks on can be good for your sleep routine. A study conducted by researchers at the Sleep Laboratory in Basel, Switzerland looked at the relationship between hand and foot temperatures and how rapidly people drift off.

A group of healthy young men were put to the test, and each dozed off quickly once their extremities were warmed. When the blood vessels dilate – called vasodilation – in the hands and feet, that heat gets redistributed to the rest of the body. The Swiss study showed that this vasodilation to the tootsies and hands helped people to fall asleep within a short amount of time. You cool down faster.

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