We have all been in that hazy stage of getting a cold where you are not sick yet, but you know something is coming your way. You can feel it in your bones. So, we turn to all of the old wives’ tales we have ever heard throughout our lives trying to prevent the inevitable cold from settling in and kicking our butts.

Perhaps one of the most odd “remedies” for the common cold has to be the idea that wearing wet socks to bed can be just the cure you are looking for. But, is there any evidence to this at all?

One of the possible reasons for the “wet sock theory” gaining traction as a cure for the common cold can be found in a study done by a natural health center that saw improvements in their clients sleep after it being suggested that they try sleeping with wet socks. The idea behind this theory is that the wet socks helped increase blood circulation which lends itself to increased sedation, and falling asleep quicker. Some of these clients even reported having a deeper, higher-quality of sleep when they went to bed with wet socks.

So, if sleeping with wet socks on can actually help you fall asleep quicker, sleep deeper and more restful, then it would not be too far off to think that this method could lead to your body being better at fighting off the common cold, as we all know you body repairs and protects itself during our sleeping hours.

How to Wet Your Socks

If you are planning on kicking the common cold in the butt with wet socks you will want to soak your socks in cold water before you head to bed. Wring them out well and set them aside. Run a warm to hot bath of water and warm your feet for a few minutes. Once you are toasty, dry your feet well and slip into the cool socks…then drift away to sleep, or so they say!

This post was written by Matt Conklin, owner and sock aficionado at Lucid Socks. Lucid Socks is the best sock subscription box. Lucid Socks’ sock of the month club features a random hand picked pair of socks from one of our many categories of unique and humorous socks.