Can I sleep with compression stockings on?

I am 21 weeks pregnant and my whole leg and feet really hurt. I only have knee-length compression hose. Can I sleep with them on?

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (15)


Answered by Tulane Heart & Vascular Institute

Yes. It is important that you have a doctor consider an ultrasound of your veins. A surgical supply store may have better leg support if you need them.

Published on Jul 31, 2013

Answered by Tulane Heart & Vascular Institute

Yes. It is important that you have a doctor consider an ultrasound of your veins. A surgical supply store may have better leg support if you need them.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Arizona Vein Specialists

Yes, it is OK to sleep with compression hose on.

Published on Apr 30, 2013

Answered by Arizona Vein Specialists

Yes, it is OK to sleep with compression hose on.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vein Center of Orange County

Healthy young patients may sleep with 20-30 mmHg or 30-40 mmHg compression stockings, but older patients with arterial insufficiency may not.

Published on Apr 23, 2013

Answered by Vein Center of Orange County

Healthy young patients may sleep with 20-30 mmHg or 30-40 mmHg compression stockings, but older patients with arterial insufficiency may not.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by The Sheen Vein Institute

You can wear compression stockings at night; however, given that you are pregnant, you would be better off wearing a thigh-high compression stocking instead of the knee-high. Part of the reason your whole leg may hurt is because the pregnancy and swelling is affecting your entire leg and not just the part below your knee. The thigh-high stocking may help control this.

Published on Apr 23, 2013

Answered by The Sheen Vein Institute

You can wear compression stockings at night; however, given that you are pregnant, you would be better off wearing a thigh-high compression stocking instead of the knee-high. Part of the reason your whole leg may hurt is because the pregnancy and swelling is affecting your entire leg and not just the part below your knee. The thigh-high stocking may help control this.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by VeinSolutions - Edina

Yes, you certainly can sleep with your compression hose on if it gives you some relief. You may want to ask your OB/GYN about thigh-high compression hose if your entire leg(s) is hurting. Full-length compression may offer more relief over simply wearing knee-high compression hose.

Published on Apr 23, 2013

Answered by VeinSolutions - Edina

Yes, you certainly can sleep with your compression hose on if it gives you some relief. You may want to ask your OB/GYN about thigh-high compression hose if your entire leg(s) is hurting. Full-length compression may offer more relief over simply wearing knee-high compression hose.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

You really need the panty compression hose designed for pregnancy.

Published on Apr 23, 2013

Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

You really need the panty compression hose designed for pregnancy.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vein 911

Absolutely! Wearing stockings overnight is perfectly fine and many of my patients do it. However, if you develop numbness, tingling and/or foot pain when wearing stockings while lying down in bed, take the hose off immediately. Venous pressure decreases when you are lying down and sometimes the stocking pressure is too much and may compress arteries and/or nerves.

Published on Apr 22, 2013

Answered by Vein 911

Absolutely! Wearing stockings overnight is perfectly fine and many of my patients do it. However, if you develop numbness, tingling and/or foot pain when wearing stockings while lying down in bed, take the hose off immediately. Venous pressure decreases when you are lying down and sometimes the stocking pressure is too much and may compress arteries and/or nerves.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center

Yes, you can sleep with compression stockings on, but make sure that they fit properly.

Published on Apr 22, 2013

Answered by Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center

Yes, you can sleep with compression stockings on, but make sure that they fit properly.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by General Vascular Surgery Group

Typically, it's not a problem if you wear compression stockings at night while you sleep. However, you should double check with your MD.

Published on Apr 22, 2013

Answered by General Vascular Surgery Group

Typically, it's not a problem if you wear compression stockings at night while you sleep. However, you should double check with your MD.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

You can sleep with compression hose. They help to decompress the veins and improve the venous return.

Published on Apr 22, 2013

Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

You can sleep with compression hose. They help to decompress the veins and improve the venous return.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Americas Vein Centers - Southborough

I would not recommend wearing compression stockings to bed, for this could result in over-compression.

Published on Apr 22, 2013

Answered by Americas Vein Centers - Southborough

I would not recommend wearing compression stockings to bed, for this could result in over-compression.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Advanced Vein & Laser Centre, Ltd.

I would discourage knee-high stockings. There are pregnancy panty hose. You may sleep in them if you want, but I'd recommend not wearing hose and resting in bed with the foot of the bed elevated.

Published on Apr 22, 2013

Answered by Advanced Vein & Laser Centre, Ltd. (View Profile)

I would discourage knee-high stockings. There are pregnancy panty hose. You may sleep in them if you want, but I'd recommend not wearing hose and resting in bed with the foot of the bed elevated.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Heart and Vein Center

Sure you can wear compression stockings when you sleep, but do not do it every night. Your skin needs to breath and your leg needs periods where it can decompress.

Published on Apr 22, 2013

Answered by Heart and Vein Center

Sure you can wear compression stockings when you sleep, but do not do it every night. Your skin needs to breath and your leg needs periods where it can decompress.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Advanced Vein Center

You can sleep with compression hose on, although this usually isn't necessary, since laying flat should help at night. Ask your vein doctor for specific recommendations.

Published on Apr 22, 2013

Answered by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

You can sleep with compression hose on, although this usually isn't necessary, since laying flat should help at night. Ask your vein doctor for specific recommendations.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Laser Vein Center

You can wear compression stockings while you sleep, but most people take them off.

Published on Apr 22, 2013

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

You can wear compression stockings while you sleep, but most people take them off.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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