Is Wearing Socks to Bed Weird? We Have Strong Opinions About It

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It's official, we found the most divisive issue of the year: Wearing socks to bed. What started out as a simple query turned into a full-blown debate during our last team meeting. (Even Twitter has seriously strong feelings on the subject.) So, we took it to a vote. We polled the Hunker team to get their hot takes on the subject and the answers got heated. But the question remains: Are you Team Socks or Team (Hell) No Socks?

Team Socks

"In the winter, yes! When it's warm, why? But one pet peeve I do have: Your socks need to be extra clean if you're wearing them, and if you're going bare, your feet need to be freshly washed!" — Leonora Epstein, Senior Director

"I like to heavily moisturize my feet at night (is this TMI?), so socks are a must to lock in all that lotion!" — Lowe Saddler, SEO Editor

"Listen, I don't like sneezing all night so this is a big yes for me! I get cold easily and start sneezing and then the cat and my partner will not sleep well and who wants all that??" — Eva Recinos, Associate Editor

Team Eh

"I don't love wearing socks to bed, but it really depends on whether or not I won the thermostat war with my husband that night." — Gina Goff, Director of Audience Development

"On occasion, I will wear socks to bed — but only when I put on CBD salve to my aching feet and don't want it to get all over my beloved Parachute sheets. But then, I usually kick them off at some point in the night." — Laurie Grossman, Director, Editorial Operations

"I fall asleep with socks on and then push them off during the night ... so I have a bunch of socks at the end of my bed. It drives my wife crazy." — Paul Anderson, Creative Director

"I wear socks before bed while I eat dinner and watch TV, so usually I take them off before getting into bed since I feel like they've collected dirt/hair/dust from the floor. But, if I'm freezing, I will leave them on (even though they usually fall off at some point during the night)." — Katie Maguire, Commerce Editor

Team No Socks

"Let your feet breathe! Covered feet cause sweat and, to me, it feels like your body isn't getting a full detox. (Yes, sleep is extra important because our body detoxes while we sleep!)" — Branché Foston, Social Media Specialist, Influencers & Community

"NO SOCKS! EWW... for some reason wearing socks to bed grosses me out, and it gets too hot here in CA for that nonsense." — Colette Dazé, Hunker House Manager

"Would you wear mittens to sleep? I thought so. Hard pass, do not pass go, do not collect $200." — Thuan Hoang, Marketing Manager

"Wearing socks to bed is very triggering for me. Once upon a time when I was a little tike my mom used to buy me and my sisters matching footed pajamas. You know the one I'm talking about, the impossible-to-get-out-of onesie with that weird, paper-like material on the bottom side of the feet? Think the deranged Easter bunny pajamas à la A Christmas Story. Anyways, wearing socks basically gives me flashbacks of this itchy and sweaty torture — needless to say, I'm team No Socks. Thanks mom!" — Ariane Moore, Design Editor


Katie is the Commerce Editor at Hunker. She has previously been on staff at Shape Magazine, Well+Good, and PureWow, and has spent her life perfecting the art of online shopping.

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