Socks for sleep?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NEW YORK – Wearing compression stockings during the day may slightly improve sleep apnea at night, according to a Reuters Health story on a new small study. In the study, 22 patients with obstructive sleep apnea who wore compression stockings during the day for two weeks saw their frequency of apneas decrease by 27% compared to 23 patients who didn’t wear the stockings, Dr. T. Douglas Bradley and colleagues have reported in Sleep Medicine. Bradley and his colleagues say the socks reduced sleep apnea in patients from the severe to moderate range. They believe fluid can move from the legs into the neck, restricting the flow of oxygen and causing obstructive sleep apnea. “Getting rid of excess fluid is one approach of treating sleep apnea,” Bradley told Reuters Health.