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Compression Stockings - wear to sleep?
Started by Ian T
Posted: September 8, 2009 at 02:38
I was prescribed grade 1 compression stockings because of the DVT I had in May. The doctor told me to make sure I put them on first thing in the morning, after my shower, and that I can take them off when I go to bed, or otherwise if I'm laying down and can keep my legs elevated.

My question: Can I wear them while I sleep? Or are there negative side effects from wearing compression stockings 24 hours a day?

I only ask because a couple of times I was just too tired at night to take them off before sleeping.. you know how difficult those things are to put on and take off. When I wake up in the morning my legs and ankles feel stiff, but on those nights where I didn't bother removing my stockings, I woke up with my legs feeling a little itchy at the top of the stockings, but otherwise fine and free of stiffness.
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Reply #1 by Paula
Posted: September 8, 2009 at 15:32
Hi Ian

I was advised not to wear the stockings whilst in bed.

I know they are a pain to get on and off (I have to wear Class II) but if you perserve with them it does get easier.

To ease your mind double check with your Dr.

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Reply #2 by Lori
Posted: September 8, 2009 at 16:36
Hi Ian,

You should not wear them when you sleep because the extra pressure for
24 hours can cause your skin to break down. Once in a while, I am sure
it is no problem but you don't want to make a habit of it, your skin
needs to breathe.
If you find relief wearing the stockings when you are sleeping, you
can wear the lower pressure support stockings like the type they give
you in the hospital.
Have you looked into buying the frame to help you put the stockings
on? I started by using that and eventually threw it out because as
Paula mentioned, it really does get easier to take them on and off.
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Reply #3 by lynne
Posted: September 9, 2009 at 22:42
iv got a dvt a second one now n this time they gave me a stockin the hospital told me that i cud sleep with it on n that i didnt have 2 take it off apart from havin a bath or swimmin it helped me alot with keepin it on through the nite they told me i cud end up wearin it 4 2yrs iv only worn it for 6months n i dont need it now
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Reply #4 by John
Posted: February 1, 2010 at 08:15
Are you wearing a compression stocking or antiembolism stocking? I found a great source for them: http://www.compressionstockings.com . I wear the Jobst but they have other brands too like Juzo and Sigvaris and Mediven. Quite a large selection and their service is good too.
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Reply #5 by D
Posted: February 1, 2010 at 21:42
I too have been told to take them off at night by my vascular surgeon. Class II compression. But like the poster of this thread, i regularly cant be bothered and sleep with them on. It hasnt done me any harm yet

I sleep with them on for maybe 3 days, then the 4th day i will defo take them off. When i do, i find my legs very itchy for 20mins or so, then go to sleep without them

I have left them on for longer once or twice, but my skin went very very dry around my vascular excema on my feet, so i think its possible it affects skin in a bad way
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Reply #6 by D
Posted: February 1, 2010 at 21:51
I too have been told to take them off at night by my vascular surgeon. Class II compression. But like the poster of this thread, i regularly cant be bothered and sleep with them on. It hasnt done me any harm yet

I sleep with them on for maybe 3 days, then the 4th day i will defo take them off. When i do, i find my legs very itchy for 20mins or so, then go to sleep without them

I have left them on for longer once or twice, but my skin went very very dry around my vascular excema on my feet, so i think its possible it affects skin in a bad way
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Reply #7 by Diane
Posted: August 7, 2010 at 15:23
red ankle irritation
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Reply #8 by Essie
Posted: August 7, 2010 at 19:36
I also wear Class II compression & have been told to take them off at night
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Reply #9 by gina
Posted: September 15, 2010 at 21:22
nach dem schaumbehandlug, soll ich meine kompressionsstrümpfe bei schlafentragen?

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Reply #10 by Dr. R
Posted: December 7, 2010 at 05:52
I know regular stockings are ok to wear to sleep, but if you wear the
compressive stockings to bed it will dry out your skin.
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Reply #11 by cheryl
Posted: April 17, 2012 at 09:09
i have lymphodema in both legs and have been getting them wrapped,which after 15 years is the only thing that has given me almost normal size legs.i was fitted for thigh high compression stockings,and they fit and feel great.should i wear a lower compression stocking at nighttime or can i wear the same compression at bedtime as i do during the day?
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Reply #12 by cheryl
Posted: April 17, 2012 at 09:10
i have lymphodema in both legs and have been getting them wrapped,which after 15 years is the only thing that has given me almost normal size legs.i was fitted for thigh high compression stockings,and they fit and feel great.should i wear a lower compression stocking at nighttime or can i wear the same compression at bedtime as i do during the day?
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Reply #13 by adam
Posted: April 17, 2012 at 23:08
Yes, lower compression at night does help. I usually wear a8-15/15-20mmgh waist high stocking at night...or regular support pantyhose depending on the pain/swelling during the day.
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Reply #14 by Diane
Posted: April 18, 2012 at 22:13
I wear mine at night if I've got really bad pain/swelling or had a late night. I take it off and moisturise before going to bed, and/or take it off for a short while before I get up, to give the skin a break. I can use a lower compression, but that doesn't really do much for me.
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Reply #15 by Gaynor
Posted: April 25, 2012 at 04:21
Hi all....I am going to be flying for 2 days and cant put stockings on myself.. so will need to wear them all that time ...will it be ok or do they need to be taken off after a certain time... thanks Gaynor
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Reply #16 by Diane
Posted: April 25, 2012 at 08:12
Hi Gaynor,

You might find you are ready for them to come off at the end of the second day, but moisturise well before they go on and when you take them off. You could do a trial so that you know you can tolerate them for that long. I find that I get more itchy or there is more swelling as on the second day if I've not got a new sock on. There is a difference if it is an old or very new sock too.

I hope you are flying somewhere nice.
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Reply #17 by GT
Posted: May 17, 2012 at 18:48
I haven't worn my 15-20 compression in over two years, doctor told me that wearing them at night might help the swelling in the ankles. I live in tropical climate and they are way too hot in the daytime. anyone else doing this.
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Reply #18 by Glenn
Posted: August 4, 2012 at 04:09
The Solaris Tribute is the alternative to wearing any type of support garment to bed. Most insurance companies will pay a good portion of it and it is costly but it's well worth the money. It slides on like a boot, you zip it and that's that. It's very comfortable and you can even put it in the refrigerator if you feel it's too warm for a half an hour or so before you put it on.
http://solarismed.com/
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Reply #19 by pat
Posted: August 15, 2012 at 18:09
Another great source for compression hose is at medbarn. Here is a link
to there compression store
http://store.medbarn.com/categories/Compression-Hosiery-Store/ . They
have fantastic product descriptions and sizing charts.
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