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How Does Compression Work?

How Does Compression Work?

The heart pumps blood through the veins.

Illness and trauma may damage the veins and capillaries causing it to lose the ability to contract and pump blood back to the heart.

Add gravity to the mix and blood will have a tendency to pool in the ankles and legs.

Compression tights squeeze the leg’s tissue, muscles, and vein walls to keep its shape; the vein valves recover function again and pump blood back to the heart, restoring normal blood circulation.

Is It Safe To Wear To Sleep?

It is definitely safe to wear to sleep but it might not be comfortable. 

Sleep and relaxation are closely related, tight-fitting clothing is neither relaxing nor comfortable so it will come down to preference and comfort level.

As long as you’re reasonably healthy and having no serious medical conditions like edema you should be able to wear your compression tights to sleep, but as usual consult your doctor first.

Can It Be Worn Overnight Or For More Than 24 Hours?

For healthy individuals, you could but it isn’t recommended. 

A doctor may prescribe wearing compression tights for longer periods of time, even overnight to people who are under treatment for a medical condition.

It is not recommended to wear compression tights for extended periods because the stockings are designed to work against gravity and help with circulation for people who are upright and mobile. 

You are immobile lying down and there is no gravity to work against, circulation may actually slow down.

When’s The Best Time To Wear Compression Tights?

The best time to wear compression tights is anytime you will work out so you enjoy the benefits of muscle compression, avoid strain or injury, and experience faster recovery. 

If you’re wearing compression tights for medical purposes–swelling and tired, achy legs–it’s advisable to put them on in the morning when the legs and feet are not yet swollen from fluid retention. 

Wearing tights in the morning also keeps the soreness at bay, especially when you are on your feet most of the day.