Friday, September 26, 2014

WOMEN ONLY: Should I wear a bra to sleep?

If you ask this question to 10 women, no doubt, you will get 10 different answers. But, if you ask any experts, they will say that wearing bra while sleeping is not a problem, if you are wise in selecting the most comfortable one.Some women feel more comfortable in wearing bra while sleeping, while some others are tensed about the adverse health effects of wearing bra. If you choose a lightweight, non-underwire bra or camisole-style pajama tops with inbuilt bra, you can get a comfortable sleep.The bra you choose should not be too tight and stiff. It is all about personal choice, when it comes to wearing bra while sleeping. But, a wrong choice in the size or type of bra may make things worse.

Wearing a comfortable bra is found to be helpful in women who are pregnant and those who are breastfeeding. However, using a tight fit and uncomfortable bra is not recommended because of the adverse health effects of wearing bra while sleeping.If you are using a tight bra with underwire, here are some of the most common health effects that you may face by wearing bra while sleeping.

Reduce circulation: 

Wearing bra while sleeping may cause a hindrance to the free blood circulation. This will happen if you are wearing a tight fitting bra with underwire or elastic. It is better to opt for a sports bra, which will be more comfortable.


Continuous use of bra will cause pigmentation in the portion where the elastic is tighter. Wearing bra while sleeping will increase this. In order to avoid any health effects of wearing bra while sleeping, use a soft and loose bra.

Disturbed sleep: 

There is no doubt that a good and sound sleep has a direct relationship with your comfort level in bed. If you are wearing a tight bra, you will not be comfortable and this will certainly disturb your sleep.

Skin irritation: 

Tight fitting bra will cause skin irritation. It is better to use bra without underwire. Sports bra is considered a good option to wear during the night. This will give the necessary support to your breast, without causing any health effects by wearing bra.


 Wearing a tight bra while sleeping can be irritating, making you restless in the night. It will cause discomfort during your sleep, which will adversely affect your overall health. An underwire bra could also dig into your breast.


 If you are using tight bra routinely, it may cause lymphatic blockage. Due to this, many other signs associated with the blockage will be presented. This includes oedema or fluid accumulation in the breasts. This is one of the serious health effects of wearing bra while sleeping.


Wearing a tight bra while sleeping, especially in the summer will make you sweat more than often. Generally fancy bras are the culprit in this case. Prefer a cotton bra than bra made of synthetic materials like polyester or linen.


‘Will wearing bra while sleeping cause breast cancer' is still a topic of debate. There are different studies that propose and oppose the chance of developing breast cancer by the use of a tight fitting bra during the night.

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