According to a doctor on TikTok, sleeping with socks is the key to a good night’s sleep. What’s more, you don’t have to change them that often.
There are two types of people in the world. Those who wear socks in bed, and those who do not. Indeed those who subscribe to the former can stay the hell away from my bedroom. However, don’t believe the words of some new-age faux-journalist hack, listen to the words of an actual doctor….on TikTok.
Doctor Jess Andrade, who is a paediatrician who is also known as ‘DoctorJesss’ on the platform has suggested that wearing one’s socks to bed will ensure we get a better night’s sleep.
“So let’s talk about people that wear socks to bed,” she says in the clip, which has been viewed more than 16 million times, before going on to explain how the whole thing works, you know, scientifically.
“Wearing socks makes the feet warm and this opens up the blood vessels that cools the body down. The body being cool tells the brain that it’s time for bed so actually, people that wear socks tend to fall asleep faster.”
Dr Andrade went on to explain that she didn’t invent did not simply make this sleep hack up, but said that it comes from research published in the journal Physical Behaviour in 2006 that examined the impact foot temperature can have on sleep quality.
“In adults, sleep-onset was accelerated by warm and neutral bed socks after lights-off and correlated to the increase in foot temperature,” the study concluded.
On a similar tone (or smell), VICE posed a question to a microbiologist, one that has been troubling the single and the depressed alike for years: How Many Days Can I Wear the Same Pair of Socks?
The magazine spoke to Philip Tierno, a professor of microbiology and pathology at the NYU School of Medicine, who noted that our feet contain 250,000 sweat glands, and the moisture they produce (along with dead skin cells) will create “conditions will increase bacterial growth since the shoe maintains a nice humid environment for organisms to proliferate.”
Interestingly, it seems that the risk of bacterial infection is low. The only problem, per VICE, is the smell. But, I suppose, if you’re wearing socks to bed, such things won’t trouble you.