There have been a lot of queries about wearing tights to sleep: Does it help with recovery? Is it bad for your muscles/body? Should I do it?
The answer is… Yes, it helps with recovery. Sleeping with compression tights overnight speeds up the recovery process for the muscles wrapped within it. By improving the blood circulation, reducing the fluid build up and swelling within the muscles, compression tights potentially reduces recovery time, inflammation and the amount of fatigue you feel.
A study has supported this claim of sleeping with compression tights in recovery, which can be read here.
However, this effect is only limited to the muscles wrapped by the compression tights. Hence, if your entire body is aching, we recommend you sleeping in both long sleeve tops and long bottom compression tights.
Some patients are prescribed compression wear for long periods of time, which signifies no long-term issues in doing so.
The fact is, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with doing so, as long as you feel comfortable enough to fall asleep. So go ahead Sports Utopians, sweet dreams!