I have venous insufficiency and wear knee-high compression stockings and I do remove them before bed. How long before sleep should I remove them?

Several times a week I am awakened by aching legs. How long before sleep should I remove the stockings? Or do you have any suggestions?

Answers from doctors (16)


Elmore Medical Vein & Laser Treatment Center

Published on Mar 19, 2015

It would be best to remove them just prior to bedtime.

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Answered by Elmore Medical Vein & Laser Treatment Center

It would be best to remove them just prior to bedtime.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Byrne Road Vein Clinic

Published on Mar 19, 2015

I would suggest that you remove your support stockings as you are getting ready for bed. I do have a couple of questions: what compression are your stockings and why haven't you had your venous insufficiency corrected?

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Answered by Byrne Road Vein Clinic

I would suggest that you remove your support stockings as you are getting ready for bed. I do have a couple of questions: what compression are your stockings and why haven't you had your venous insufficiency corrected?

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor California Vein Surgeons

Published on Mar 18, 2015

Just before you go to bed, you should remove your compression stockings when you have been diagnosed with venous insufficiency. You should elevate the feet at the end of the mattress.

Answered by California Vein Surgeons (View Profile)

Just before you go to bed, you should remove your compression stockings when you have been diagnosed with venous insufficiency. You should elevate the feet at the end of the mattress.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Advanced Vein Center

Published on Mar 18, 2015

Some people sleep with them on. It does not matter. Most people can't wait to take them off when they get home.

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Answered by Advanced Vein Center

Some people sleep with them on. It does not matter. Most people can't wait to take them off when they get home.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Mar 18, 2015

There are no set recommendations. Many people wear hose all day and remove when they get home. If you have swelling, we recommend removing at bedtime and apply first thing in morning. If the aching is related to your insufficiency, try varying your hose routine for several days if there is an improvement. It may also be that the aching isn't related and could be arthritic.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

There are no set recommendations. Many people wear hose all day and remove when they get home. If you have swelling, we recommend removing at bedtime and apply first thing in morning. If the aching is related to your insufficiency, try varying your hose routine for several days if there is an improvement. It may also be that the aching isn't related and could be arthritic.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana

Published on Mar 18, 2015

Compression stockings help decrease leg swelling and symptoms. Remove stockings if you will not be standing for a prolonged period of time.

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Answered by Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana

Compression stockings help decrease leg swelling and symptoms. Remove stockings if you will not be standing for a prolonged period of time.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Published on Mar 18, 2015

You should remove them after dinner when you are off your feet.

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Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

You should remove them after dinner when you are off your feet.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Destin Vein Center

Published on Mar 18, 2015

You only really need the support hose the most when you are standing and somewhat when you are sitting. When you are lying down, you don't need the hose. So to answer your question, you can remove them when you are in bed for the night.

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Answered by Destin Vein Center

You only really need the support hose the most when you are standing and somewhat when you are sitting. When you are lying down, you don't need the hose. So to answer your question, you can remove them when you are in bed for the night.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Premier Vein Specialists

Published on Mar 18, 2015

The venous reflux should be corrected. The stockings may be removed before going to bed.

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Answered by Premier Vein Specialists

The venous reflux should be corrected. The stockings may be removed before going to bed.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Texas Vein And Cosmetic Specialists

Published on Mar 18, 2015

I would recommend taking them off 1-2 hrs before bed. Also, leg symptoms are often improved by taking magnesium 250-500mg daily. Vasculera is a prescription supplement which has been approved also and this sometimes may be useful. If you are a candidate for a procedure, this should improve symptoms. This can be discussed with a vascular surgeon specializing in veins.

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Answered by Texas Vein And Cosmetic Specialists

I would recommend taking them off 1-2 hrs before bed. Also, leg symptoms are often improved by taking magnesium 250-500mg daily. Vasculera is a prescription supplement which has been approved also and this sometimes may be useful. If you are a candidate for a procedure, this should improve symptoms. This can be discussed with a vascular surgeon specializing in veins.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


The Vein Clinic

Published on Mar 18, 2015

Try and wear them until you go to bed.

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Answered by The Vein Clinic

Try and wear them until you go to bed.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


The Sheen Vein Institute

Published on Mar 18, 2015

People often make the mistake of thinking that vein issues are only cosmetic. In reality, it is a circulation defect. This is why you are suffering from pain in your legs at night. Because you are symptomatic, you now have a medical condition. Fortunately it is a condition that is fixable. The stockings will not fix your problem.

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Answered by The Sheen Vein Institute

People often make the mistake of thinking that vein issues are only cosmetic. In reality, it is a circulation defect. This is why you are suffering from pain in your legs at night. Because you are symptomatic, you now have a medical condition. Fortunately it is a condition that is fixable. The stockings will not fix your problem.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


General Vascular Surgery Group

Published on Mar 18, 2015

No real guidelines on this. Do what feels comfortable.

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Answered by General Vascular Surgery Group

No real guidelines on this. Do what feels comfortable.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Advanced Surgical Arts

Published on Mar 18, 2015

You can remove them before going to bed. If you're being awakened from sleep by aching legs, the compression may not be high enough and may need adjustment by a qualified professional. Also, if you are having such severe symptoms, you may be a candidate for an endovenous ablation procedure to treat the underlying insufficiency. I would suggest seeking a board certified vein specialist to fully evaluate your condition and recommend the appropriate treatments.

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Answered by Advanced Surgical Arts

You can remove them before going to bed. If you're being awakened from sleep by aching legs, the compression may not be high enough and may need adjustment by a qualified professional. Also, if you are having such severe symptoms, you may be a candidate for an endovenous ablation procedure to treat the underlying insufficiency. I would suggest seeking a board certified vein specialist to fully evaluate your condition and recommend the appropriate treatments.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


North Shore Vein Center

Published on Mar 18, 2015

You can wear them to sleep if you want, but it is just more important to wear them during the day, because gravity plays a role in worsening your symptoms. We generally tell our patients to remove them when they are able to elevate their legs, such as when they get into bed.

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Answered by North Shore Vein Center

You can wear them to sleep if you want, but it is just more important to wear them during the day, because gravity plays a role in worsening your symptoms. We generally tell our patients to remove them when they are able to elevate their legs, such as when they get into bed.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Mar 18, 2015

You should remove the compression stockings just before retiring or certainly within one hour of retiring.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

You should remove the compression stockings just before retiring or certainly within one hour of retiring.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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