Sleeping with a Knee Brace - Best Sleeping Support Aids and FAQ
Wearing a knee brace during the day can take a bit of getting used to. However, sleeping with a knee brace brings on an entirely different set of problems.
Issues such as:
- inability to find a comfortable position,
- restricted blood circulation creating the feeling of a "dead leg", and
- over heating and as a result excessive sweating.
These are only a few of the common problems people encounter when sleeping with a knee brace.
In this article we are going to explore some support aids that improve your knee brace sleeping experience.
We will also explore the most Frequently Asked Questions we receive from our readers about tackling their problems with sleeping in a knee brace.
Our Recommended Knee Support Devices
Knee Brace Sleeping Frequently Asked Questions
Knee Brace Sleeping questions are one of the most common topics we receive from readers.
Sleep is one of the most important activities you can do to allow your body to recover and rehabiliate from injuries to the knee. Understandably, knee braces are not the ideal support aids to sleep with, often causing discomfort and sleepless nights of tossing and turning.
To help our readers, we have compiled a comprehensive collection of FAQs surrounding the topic of knee brace sleeping experiences.
Can You Wear A Knee Brace To Bed?
Hopefully by now you should know the answer to this question - YES. We highly encourage anyone with a knee injury or weakened knees to wear knee braces to bed. They not only provide support and prevent you from further injuries, it also helps to retain heat to the knee joint for increased blood flow and shorter rehabilitation periods.
Is it safe to sleep with a knee brace?
Yes - wearing a knee brace to bed is safe, and sometimes necessary. This is provided that you take the important precautions to ensure you have the right knee brace and equipment for the night ahead of you. A good start is to look through our recommended knee support devices listed above, as well as our favorite knee braces to sleep in.
What should I wear to bed with my knee brace?
We recommend wearing loose fitting pajama shorts/pants to bed for the most comfortable knee brace sleeping experience. There are many benefits to wearing loose clothing.
One of the most common grievances for wearing a knee brace to bed is how hot and sweaty your knee becomes. Wearing loose clothing or short pajama bottoms allows for air to circulate and likelihood of over-heating.
It also allows you easy access to make any adjustments to the brace during the night, with minimal effort.
Please note, your choice of clothes may be influenced by the climate that you live in.
What are the benefits of wearing knee braces while sleeping?
The primary purpose of a knee brace is to prevent injury.
This applies even when you are sleeping - and in many cases it is more important to wear a brace while sleeping. Unlike when you are awake and conscious of your movement limitations, while asleep you are less aware of your movements and can inadvertently move your knee in the wrong direction, causing further damage.
What is the Best Way to Sleep With a Knee Brace?
This will differ from individual to individual. And unfortunately we cannot give you a definitive answer on the "best way" to sleep with a knee brace. It may sound obvious, but individuals who prefer to sleep on their backs will find side sleeping awkward and uncomfortable, and vice versa.
If you find your natural sleeping position uncomfortable, try using some knee brace sleeping support aids we listed above. For example, if you find side sleeping awkward, try using a sleeping pillow to support your leg and knee.
What are the benefits of ice treatment to the knee while sleeping?
Ice is commonly used to treat and manage a variety of injuries, including knee injuries.
Ice is a form of cryotherapy, or cold treatment, that's often used to reduce inflammation and pain, and to hasten the healing process. However, there are other benefits to using ice, including decreasing the risk of infection, increasing blood circulation and improving muscle strength.
Therefore applying ice to your knee just before going to sleep (or while you fall asleep), helps to reduce the pain you experience. Along with the other benefits identified above, it means you will be able to fall asleep easier and allow your body to recouperate.
Final Thoughts on Sleeping with a Knee Brace
The purpose of wearing a knee brace is to prevent injury. This includes while you are asleep.
It is important to protect your knee from unwanted movements or positions while you sleep - particularly shortly after surgury or a recent injury. Wearing a knee brace during sleep will help you achieve this.
There are many support devices that help to make your knee brace sleeping experience more comfortable and pleasant. We encourage you to check out our list above of our favorites.
Finally we hope our FAQ section has been able to answer any questions you have surrounding this interesting topic.
If you still cannot find the answers you are searching for, feel free to drop your question in the comments section below and we'll get right back to you.