What do compression socks do?
Lots of things! And chances are, this purchase won’t be something you use once and toss in the trash either. Just like your fave comfy maternity sweaters that you keep wearing long after baby’s arrival (because why wouldn’t you?) your go-to compression socks are likely to become a regular staple in your self-care routine. That’s because the best compression socks help in lots of other (non-pregnancy-related) ways too. From improving circulation, to preventing blood clots, to relieving aches and pains, you’ll probably be digging your fave compression socks out of your sock drawer well after this pregnancy is over. They also reduce lactic acid buildup, help prevent varicose veins, and reduce swelling and inflammation… so yeah, even though compression socks for women are a top-rated gift item, dads, grandpas and everyone else can get some comfort and relief too.
How do compression socks work?
Basically, for anyone with veins that are struggling a bit to keep that blood pumping, compression socks offer your calves a nice, gentle hug and help your veins push that blood back up to your heart. This swelling and heaviness in the legs can have many different causes, including chronic venous insufficiency, pregnancy, fatigue from being on your feet all day, or from NOT being on your feet at all and sitting for too long.
But whatever the reason, a good pair of compression socks might be just the ticket for some much-deserved relief.
Can you sleep in compression socks?
Yes, according to Cleveland Clinic, but it’s not really necessary. “The benefit occurs when you’re up and moving, and gravity is working on your veins,” explains cardiovascular specialist Douglas Joseph, DO. “When you’re lying down, you take away the effect of gravity. So there’s no reason to wear compression socks when lying down or sleeping.” But if you do doze off wearing your newest hot-pink knee-high compression socks that Santa left in your stocking, no harm will be done if your legs get a gentle squeeze while you nap.
So whether you need compression socks for pregnancy, or a pair to toss in your hospital bag for labor and delivery, or you’re holiday shopping and need a stocking stuffer, or you’re stumped on what to buy the amazing woman in your life for / Mother’s Day / her birthday / your anniversary… here are some of the best compression socks on the market. So treat your feet! (Or her feet!) Either way, they deserve it.