American doctor Jessica Andrade reveals why you should sleep wearing socks

American doctor Jessica Andrade reveals why you should sleep wearing socks

In a recent clip uploaded to TikTok, US doctor Jessica Andrade said people who wear socks to bed ‘tend to fall asleep faster’ than those who jump in barefoot.

Sleeping with socks on could be the key to a better night’s sleep, a doctor has claimed.

Dr Jessica Andrade, a third-year children’s resident doctor from the US, has become a social media sensation by sharing medical advice on TikTok.

In a recent clip uploaded to the video-sharing platform, Dr Andrade said people who wear socks to bed ‘tend to fall asleep faster’ than those who jump in barefoot.

Dr Andrade revealed this is because socks warm the feet, causing blood vessels to open which in turn cools the body down.

A drop in core body temperature tells the brain that it’s time to sleep, Dr Andrade said, sending bedtime sock-wearers into the Land of Nod much quicker.

When body temperature lowers, the body starts to produce melatonin – known as the sleep hormone – which makes you feel relaxed and naturally drowsy.

‘So let’s talk about people that wear socks to bed,’ Ms Andrade says in the video.

‘Wearing socks makes your feet warm up and this opens up the blood vessels that cool the body down,’ she continued.

‘The body being cool tells the brain that it’s time for bed. So actually people that wear socks tend to fall asleep faster.’

But Dr Alex Agostini from the University of South Australia says it’s not necessarily that simple.

‘If you’re the type of person who hates wearing socks to bed and they’re going to feel uncomfortable, then it’s not going to work for you,’ Dr Agostini told ABC Radio.

She said it’s better to tailor your sleep routine around whatever works for you, rather than what ‘someone on TikTok told you to do’.

Dr Andrade’s advice has gone viral, racking up 3.6million ‘likes’ and almost 70,000 responses since it was posted online on February 9.

However many had strong opinions about the idea of wearing socks to bed.

‘I can’t sleep with socks, I would never be able to fall asleep,’ one person replied.

A second agreed: ‘When I wear socks I overheat and can’t fall asleep.’

‘I don’t know why, but I feel really weird and claustrophobic when I try to wear socks to bed. I always end up taking them off,’ added a third.

Despite the resistance, Dr Andrade’s claim is supported by science.

A 2006 study published in the Physical Behaviour Journal found that ‘in adults, sleep-onset was accelerated by [wearing] warm and neutral bed socks after lights-off and correlated to the increase in foot temperature.’

Australia’s leading sleep expert Olivia Arezzolo also agrees that…

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