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Can You Wear Compression Stockings 24 Hours A Day?

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Wearing compression stockings is certainly one of the best methods for combating the leg pain and swelling caused by spider, varicose veins, and overall chronic venous insufficiency, but should you be wearing them for 24 hours a day straight? No.

Compression stockings are typically recommended to people who have been diagnosed with varicose veins or circulatory problems like deep vein thrombosis, also known as blood clots in the leg. However, you don’t necessarily need to be diagnosed with a circulatory problem or a medical condition to wear compression stockings on a daily basis. 

Why Can’t I Wear My Compression Stockings All Day & All Night?

You should take your compression socks off while you sleep. This is because while you are sleeping you will typically be laying down horizontally, therefore the effects of gravity lessen and blood flows more efficiently through your legs. Additionally, it’s also recommended to give your skin time to breathe without the compression stockings. 

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How Long Is Too Long When Wearing Compression Stockings?

In some cases, a physician may recommend that you wear your compression stockings at night, particularly for those who have recently had varicose vein surgery and are at risk of developing a blood clot. In these cases, your doctor with specifically recommend light compression stockings for nightwear.

Unless your doctor specifically asks you to keep your compression socks on at night, take them off when going to bed. Like we mentioned above, your skin deserves a break at day’s end, and removing the compression socks will allow for better airflow.

Now, if you are on your feet for 24 hours or sitting for a long 20-hour flight, wearing your compression stockings throughout these periods is ok. For example, compression socks are great for sitting all day. As long as you wear your stockings correctly, they will work for you!

So How Long Should I Wear My Compression Stockings For?

Ultimtely, how long you wear your compression stockings should be based on your particular needs. Your legs will mostly need help to counter gravity when they are below you, whether you’re seated or standing, so if you are in a proffession that requires you to stay in one single position for prolongued periods of time (such as teachers, flight attendands, nurses, desk clerks, cashiers) you will benefit from wearing your socks for the entire length of your shift.  Elevating your legs should allow blood in your leg area to travel back to your heart more easily, but if you don’t have the luxury to take breaks to put your legs up from time to time, then keep your compression socks on, and keep on rocking!