One question that is often asked from our readers: “Is wearing sports compression clothing while sleeping healthy?”
Sleep is often underrated; however, it is important for overall health and performance. Sometimes we sacrifice sleep, or let it take a backseat to our daily activities that can include our jobs, our children, school and other important life events.
So will wearing compression help, and is it safe? While the general answer is yes, let’s examine the deeper aspects of going to sleep while wearing compression.
Generally, wearing compression tights while sleeping doesn’t present problems. In fact, compression socks and stockings are often used by hospitals to help prevent patients from developing blood clots and reduce swelling due to long periods of inactivity.
There was an interesting study that examines this question. Research studies were performed at the Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences in Osaka, Japan in conjunction with other universities. The research study examined the effects of wearing compression during sleep and its effects on recovery from exercise.
In the study, 17 male subjects participated in two training sessions, with the subjects either wearing or not wearing compression garments on their lower body that night during their regular sleep period. The exercise/training sessions were designed to be tiring and included 10 sets of 10 repetitions of isokinetic eccentric and concentric knee extensor contractions.
Before, after and 24-hours after muscle contractions were measured, as well as related surface electromyographic data.
The researchers concluded that wearing compression during sleep after strenuous workouts can improve localized muscle recover, even with it did not have an impact on measured neurological factors.
Other Positive Factors
Some research studies have indicated that compression stockings can help those who suffer from sleep apnea. Compression stockings, because of their properties of eliminating excess fluid and swelling, can alleviate sleep apnea. Because sleep apnea is often caused by a collapse of the airway caused by fluid collection causing the neck to become heavier, when compression can eliminate that fluid build up, the symptoms are reduced.
While the study indicates that those who use a CPAP machine should not stop using it even when trying compression to help with the apnea causes.
As you can see, overall wearing compression during sleep is safe. However, you should take some precautions due to the overall “tightness” of compression garments. You don’t want to cut off your normal circulation, so make sure that you don’t fold or roll down the tops of socks or stocks, because this can cause the compression properties to actually cut off your circulation.
If you would like more information as to the questions is wearing sports compression clothing while sleeping healthy, or the other positive aspects of compression gear, please feel free to contact us at ZeroPoint Compression. We can help you choose the best gear for your individual lifestyle!