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Wearing These to Bed Could Be Damaging Your Health, Expert Finds

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With the cold weather creeping up, a lot more people will consider wearing additional clothing to bed to stay warm.

The term “sleeping in socks” has gone up 86% in the past three months, according to Get Laid Beds, showing there are more and more people trying to find out whether this is good for you, or bad for you.

Additionally, the term “sleeping in underwear” has also gone up 40%, showing that we might be considering wearing a few extra layers to keep our private parts warm.

However, health expert Dr Deborah Lee, working alongside Get Laid Beds, discusses what clothing items are bad for you when it comes to wearing them through the night, even in the cold weather:

Wearing socks

Wearing socks to bed, especially as you’ll be in them for a long period of time, may decrease blood circulation, especially when they’re too tight. The best thing to do would be to ensure that your pyjamas, or whatever you sleep in, aren’t tucked between the socks, making them even tighter. Another option would be to wear socks that are a size-up from normal, definitely ensuring that blood circulation continues like normal.

In a recent study, as many bacteria, such as E. coli and pseudomonas, were found to be present on socks as well as on the door mat! Many people wear their socks all day and get into bed with the same socks on. This is very inadvisable. It is likely to increase the risk of a variety of infections, including UTIs. Wearing socks in bed increases the risk of fungal infections of the feet, such as athlete’s foot.


There is no reason to wear underwear to bed, especially knickers. Not only can this be uncomfortable, but it’s good to let your private parts air out, as it keeps it happy and healthy. By letting the air circulate, you’re letting less moisture around the genitals, meaning less chance of yeast infections and bacteria growth.

Tight pyjamas

Similar to the socks situation, tight clothing can restrict circulation and blood flow, leading to a worse night’s sleep, and discomfort can potentially wake you up. The tighter the clothing, the less likely you’ll be able to move around in your sleep, meaning you might not be able to get comfortable during your snooze.

Pyamas may also raise the body temperature, which sounds like a dream in this cold weather, but you may overheat, again disrupting your sleep. While you’re asleep, your temperature should naturally rise, so you need a solution that will be warm enough to get you to sleep, but not too warm while you sleep. If you wear pyjamas, avoid fleece and opt for something cotton instead.”

The perfect snooze outfit

To get the best sleep, I’d avoid wearing underwear completely, and settle for pyjamas that are made from breathable fabrics such as cotton or silk. Ensure that the pyjamas aren’t too tight for you, but also not too loose either in case you get yourself tangled in the night, waking you up.

If you want to wear socks to bed, then I suggest wearing them right until you fall asleep, or wearing a pair that’s slightly too big for you or extremely lightweight.”

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