Can you sleep in compression tights? It’s a question I was wondering about a few nights ago.
I wear compression tights pretty frequently, theyre warm, stretchy, super comfortable and they’re great to wear while relaxing around the house.
They’ve been a great all rounder for me.
But my question is whether sleeping in compression tights has any chance of actually doing youharm.
Why I Use Compression Tights
Before I go into the question of can you sleep in compression tights, I go into a little bit about why I use them.
Compression clothing is used to improve and promote blood flow in the body and they work to improve the oxygenation of your muscle tissue.
Some say that this can improve or enhance your athletic output during exercise, but I personally haven’t experienced that.
I use them solely to enhance muscle recovery from leg workouts. The blood flow and oxygenation part is what piqued my interest when I first decided to try them out all those years ago.
I wear them after my leg day workouts for a few days.
You know those heavy leg day workouts where you give it 110% and you just know that 24 – 48 hours from now you are going to wake up with sore legs?
The leg days that have you walking around like a penguin with sore quads and hamstrings?
We’ve all been there.
Over the years I have found personally that wearing compression tights in the 2-3 days after a leg workout lessens the effect of post leg day muscle pain or DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) being their more scientific name.
This is mainly due to the way that compression tights squeeze my muscles when I’m resting. I feel the DOMS pain a lot less when I wear them.
My favorite pair that I wear currently for recovery is the Skins RY400 because not only do they have the strategic tightness, but the materials used are thicker and they keep me a lot warmer at night.
I have other compression tights, some really pricey ones made by Skins some by Adidas. The collection has built up over the years.
But for me, they have really been effective.
Only for post-workout though, wearing them while you workout doesn’t actually do anything for your performance, although some companies might try and convince you otherwise.
If you see any video of me wearing compression tights while I workout, it’s only because they’re comfortable and not because I believe they will improve my gains in any way.
Why The Concern About Sleeping in Compression Tights?
Because compression tights are effectively tight clothing, I think the question of can you sleep in compression tights is a fair one.
It’s fair to be concerned as to whether wearing them while you sleep could be bad for you in some way.
I personally have worn compression tights to sleep for years, with no problem whatsoever.
But that doesn’t mean it’s safe. This question actually kept me awake.
The creative hypochondriac part of my brain made me wonder, what if the tightness of the compression tights is bad for my blood circulation, and as I sleep it somehow affects my blood pressure negatively?
What if the tightness causes blood to stop moving to my legs in the way it should and I wake up with no feeling in my legs?
Sounds kind of ridiculous maybe, but the hypochondriac part of my brain isn’t known for its intelligence!
I decided to do a bit of research into this question
Can You Sleep in Compression Tights – Are There Any Risks?
Apart from being an expensive choice of sleepwear, wearing compression tights while you sleep actually isn’t a dangerous thing to do.
As long as the tights fit you well and aren’t so tight that your feet feel numb from the discomfort.
In fact, some doctors actually advise some patients to wear compression garments to wear while they sleep to lessen the possibility of blood clots or deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
This put my mind at ease. I will sleep well tonight.
The Recommended Few…
I did a review of the Nike HyperRecovery compression tights, I actually still have them and they’re still going strong.
But Nike has discontinued them, so I can’t point you to them.
Below are 3 pairs I bought recently, two in Summer 2019 and one in 2020 that I rotate with.
My most recent pair and two older pairs can be found below.