Socks in bed: Yes or no?

Wearing bed socks is a divisive topic: You either love or hate the idea.

Warm feet, happy sleep
Wearing socks to bed may help you to fall asleep faster. If you’re one of the many that suffer from cold hands and feet that delay you falling asleep then socks are for you. The National Sleep Foundation reports: “Some research has shown that the more vasodilation in the hands and feet, the less time it takes to fall asleep.”

Those with poor circulation and thin skin are particularly prone to cold feet. This means that most women, babies and older folk in their golden years will probably benefit from bed socks.

For the naked foot lover
What if the idea of stuffing your feet into socks makes you feel claustrophobic and grumpy? What if you can’t stand the thought of your partner cuddling up to you with their sock-covered feet? You’ll have to consider the grim alternative: Cold feet trying to find a warm resting spot on your body.

If you refuse to invest in a pair of warm and breathable bed socks for you or your partner, and think it is better for your feet to ‘breathe’ while you rest, then here are some other ways to help you vasodilate your way to dreamland via sleep.org:

1. Use a hot water bottle or heater blanket at the base of your bed
2. Layer an extra blanket over the bottom section of the bed
3. Jump into bed straight after a warm bath to seal in the warm-foot-phenomenon

Here’s to happy feet and sweet dreams!

Written by Roxanne Atkinson

Sleep and happiness – what is the connection?

Most of us want to be resilient, happy people that can cope with life’s ups and downs, however, most of us are trying to achieve this with grit and determination when what we really need is maybe a nap or two. It’s a proven fact that there is a vital connection between sleep and happiness.

Even one night of poor sleep can send many into a state of morning grouchiness or even worse – a grump attack that could last all day until the sleep is replenished. A growing sleep debt is associated with increased risk of mental illness and poor interpersonal relationships. Yes, it is hard to be happy when you are sleep deprived!

So good sleep means more happiness, but does happiness mean better sleep? Indeed, the answer is yes. Anxiety is a leading sleep thief, whilst well-being promotes good quality sleep. Endorphins known as ‘happy hormones’ work alongside your sleep hormones to promote a deep, happy, dreamy sleep state.

Unsurprisingly, your bed plays a big role in your happiness. A recent article in the Huffington post claims that the simple act of making the bed just might be the world’s easiest success habit. It’s correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.

And of course, Sealy is your ideal sleep partner because every Sealy mattress is brilliantly engineered to support your body as you sleep peacefully. The result is a healthy, restful sleep, night after night.  It’s just what you need to perform at your best day after day. Visit the Sealy website to find out more about our range of mattresses: www.sealy.co.za.