Slippers and Sleep

November 27, 2019

Slippers and Sleep

In Florida, where Lavender & Chamomile is based, slippers aren’t an integral part of life. Instead of feeling freezing outside for 3 months of the year, we’re lucky if we get 3 days of cool. If you’re looking for warm, make that hot, Florida is the place to be. When it comes to slippers, Floridians don’t have the same issues as Northerners. The floors don’t get as cold, hence we don’t have the same need to wear slippers. That isn’t to say that Southerners don’t wear slippers as many do. When it comes to sleep, what are the benefits of using slippers?

  • Warm and toasty - When your feet are warmer, you may feel warmer. Keeping your feet warm with a pair of slippers can be the first step to help you relax in the evening.
  • Protection for your tootsies - Keeping a pair of slippers by your bed is always a good idea. You can slip them on if you wake during the night to protect your feet should you accidentally step on something. Additionally, they help protect your feet from transferable foot diseases such as fungus, including athlete’s foot.
  • Slip sliding away - If you like to sleep in socks to keep your feet warm during the night, you risk sliding on your floor when you get out of bed. For this reason, opt for socks with rubber soles to prevent sliding.
  • Sensation of relaxation - Before you go to bed each night, you need to be in a relaxed state so that you can get your best sleep. The more comfortable you are, the more relaxed you can feel. Putting on slippers while walking around your house can help you get into that more relaxed state.

When wearing slippers, make sure they fit properly. Slippers that are too loose or move around on your feet can be just as dangerous as slippery socks. It’s also important to realize that wearing slippers for too long can cause the heels of your feet to get dry. If you moisturize your heels regularly, you may be able to prevent this from happening. Clean your slippers regularly to prevent them from smelling or accumulating dirt and debris, which could accidentally transfer to your bed. Your doctor might have advised that you need to wear shoes that provide support and stability. In this case, make sure your slippers fit the bill or limit the time you wear them daily. Just as orthotic footwear is available, orthotic slippers can be purchased. Consider discussing this option with your doctor to see if they might be right for you.

I don’t know about you, but talking about comfort has gotten me slightly envious. I think I’ll go slip off my shoes, slip on some slippers, and start relaxing now so that I can get my best sleep tonight.

Do you wear slippers?
Do they help you unwind and relax, or do you wear them for other reasons?
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