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Is Sleeping in Shoes Bad for You?


Movie cowboys do it. Babies do it. People who party too hard do it. In fact, most of us have done it at one time or another, but is it good for you? We're talking about sleeping in shoes and if it’s something to avoid or are there any benefits to it?



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Shoes in bed: Yay or nay

Most people don't wear shoes to bed, for very good reasons. Hygiene is one of those reasons. After all, who wants to bring a bit of everything they walked through during the course of the day into their nice clean bed? The sole of a typical shoe may harbor as many as 421,000 bacteria, including E coli, as well as dirt, animal waste, and a variety of toxins and allergens, according to Huffington Post.

Another reason most people go to bed barefoot is comfort. When you get home from a long day working or an energetic afternoon playing sports, you probably anticipate the removal of your shoes with glee. In fact, taking off one's shoes is a fine way to leave the day behind and begin an evening of rest and relaxation.

But, is sleeping in shoes bad for you?

Dr. Eric J. Olson of Mayo Clinic clearly defines the number of hours a person should sleep, but nowhere does he suggest that anyone sleep in their shoes. The doctor does, however, explain that frequently interrupted sleep is not beneficial. If you are camping in the wild, you may opt to snooze in footwear for safety's sake. Otherwise, you would do yourself a favor by removing your shoes before tucking yourself in for the night.

If you are like most people, your feet sweat while enclosed in shoes. For this reason alone, it is imperative that you expose the skin of your feet to fresh air. If you sleep in shoes, you increase your chances of coming down with fungal infections such as athlete's foot.

What about sleeping in socks?

Unlike wearing shoes to bed, sleeping with socks on may actually be good for you. In fact, a comfortable pair of socks can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. 

Here's why: During the course of the night, core body temperature drops by as many as two degrees. Slip into a pair of cozy socks at bedtime, and your body sends a signal to your brain that it's time to snuggle in and get a good night's sleep, explains Medical News Daily.

Tips for getting a good night's sleep

  • Wear socks, but not shoes while you sleep. 
  • Establish a reasonable bedtime and stick with it. 
  • Avoid using your bedroom for anything but sleep, snuggling, and relaxation. 
  • Most importantly, be sure sleep in a comfortable bed that's just right for you. 

If you live and slumber anywhere in the Sarasota or Venice, Florida area, Land of Sleep can help you select the perfect mattress that suits your individual sleep requirements. For further information, give us a call at (941) 999-3453 or (941) 548-4189.

Guide to a Better Nights Sleep

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