A knee compression sleeve is designed and intended to be worn when you are active and on your feet. However, you will see in this post that how long you can wear it depends a lot on how tight your knee sleeve fits. The graduated compression is to encourage blood flow to the knee, reduce swelling and add support. It will do the same thing whether you’re playing basketball, hiking, or sleeping.
A great fitting knee sleeve can feel good all day long. The only concern is if you are wearing a sleeve so tight that it tends to cut off the circulation. And you should never do that to start with, no matter how long you wear it.
Can I Wear Knee Sleeves to Bed?
I have one knee with osteoarthritis that likes a sleeve from the time I get up to the time I go to bed. I am wearing it as I sit at my desk this moment. It feels great in the office, around the house, and particularly good on my feet all day shopping with my wife. I have no problem wearing it to bed, and know that Orthopedic doctors often recommend wearing them at night pre and post surgeries.
I think using common sense is the answer to how long to wear them. If you see your feet turning blue you should know somethings wrong, right? Knee sleeves are usually a little tighter around the very top and bottom to help prevent sliding down your leg.
Sometimes this will be tight enough to leave a very light indentation around my legs the same as my elastic socks. If it’s uncomfortable get a bigger size.
Advantages of Wearing Knee Sleeves
Fit is important for providing compression to the knee as a whole. The right fit helps to increase blood flow and circulation to and around the joint, muscles, and tendons. The fit also provides warmth that just feels good and stability. With the stability comes confidence that’s lacking in weak, injured, or recovering knees.
Athletes like to wear sleeves on their knees for protection from injury. The increased blood flow, warmth, added support, and stability is an aide to preventing blown Acls, PCls, MCls, and torn cartilage. Even though compression sleeves aren’t the same as braces for more serious injuries they are great for injury prevention.
I have no problems at all wearing my compression knee sleeves all day and even some nights. To tell you the truth, I don’t know how long I could get along without them.